dice

noun
\ ˈdīs \
plural dice

Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a gambling game played with dice
2 plural also dices : a small cubical piece (as of food)
3 : a close contest between two racing-car drivers for position during a race
no dice
1 : of no avail : no use : futile
2 : no entry 1 sense 3 said no dice to my request

dice

verb
diced; dicing

Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut into small cubes diced onions
b : to ornament with square markings diced leather
2a : to bring by playing dice dice himself into debt
b : to lose by dicing dice her money away

intransitive verb

1 : to play games with dice dice for drinks in the bar— Malcolm Lowry
2 : to take a chance the temptation to dice with deathNewsweek

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Other Words from dice

Verb

dicer noun

Synonyms for dice

Synonyms: Noun

bones, die

Synonyms: Verb

chop, hash, mince

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Examples of dice in a Sentence

Noun

In this game, each player rolls the dice to see who plays first. They were shooting dice in one of the bar's back rooms.

Verb

Dice the potatoes and add them to the soup. quickly diced some peppers and onions and threw them into the stew
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

VO Alice says that their maddening obsession started with that first roll of the dice. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Someone Died in the Riverdale Flashback Episode and I Need to Talk About It ASAP," 8 Nov. 2018 Into the Dark is a roll of the dice, but worth tuning into once a month The anthology format has long been making a comeback, with season-long stories like American Horror Story and more episodic offerings like Black Mirror becoming more common. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "4 new TV shows to try, from Halloween horror to the Flight of the Conchords," 5 Oct. 2018 Headphones, dice, and other funny objects abound, and the whole thing is extremely Instagram-friendly. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Pantone Pop-Up Lets You "Experience" The Color Of The Year," 14 Dec. 2018 This happens by bidding each round on available dice, which come in various colors. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018 There are still big rolls of the dice to be made, of course. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Slouching Tiger: Why Exxon Isn’t Worth Its Premium," 30 July 2018 Together, the measures — which expand the number of online purchases subject to state sales tax and allow ball-and-dice games in the state's tribal casinos — are projected to bring in more than $40 million in revenue. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Oklahoma teacher walkout winds down despite lawmakers' failure to meet demands," 13 Apr. 2018 Nvidia has made its gamble, and the dice are now rolling. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia rethinks the graphics card with the RTX 2080," 14 Sep. 2018 Final seasoning: Once cold, uniformly small dice each beet and set aside. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Four recipes fresh from Northeast Ohio CSA farms (photos, recipes)," 14 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested how evenly food processors were able to dice onions, mince parsley, grind parmesan cheese, slice tomatoes, shred carrots and mozzarella, and knead dough. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 To drippings in skillet, over medium-high heat, add garlic mixture, tomato, ground and diced red pepper; cook and stir until tomatoes are slightly dry, 4 to 5 minutes. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012 Lunch Top 1 large baked potato with 1/4 cup grated cheese, 3 tablespoons diced avocado, and 1/4 cup salsa. Delia A. Hammock, M.s., Good Housekeeping, "A 7-Day, 1,300-Calorie Meal Plan," 10 Nov. 2014 Senior attacker Ben Reeves proved a nightmare matchup for Albany (16-3), dicing up the Great Dane ranks in a scorching performance that featured five goals and four assists. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Yale, Duke reach Division 1 lacrosse title game," 26 May 2018 The pancetta should be diced by hand, the mushrooms are best chopped with a knife, and the tomatoes crushed with a fork. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks," 8 Feb. 2018 Peel the orange, slice it in half horizontally, remove the seeds, and dice the fruit. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Orange-and-Molasses Cakes Recipe," 12 Nov. 2010 With splendid views all around and famous chefs dicing and sautéing for the crowd, what’s not to love? 1. Fox News, "7 fall wine festivals that aren’t in California," 13 Aug. 2015 Yield: 8 cups (6–8 servings) Ingredients 8 tablespoons butter, divided 1 cup diced onion 3½ cups very rich chicken stock 3½ cups milk 2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 teaspoon white pepper, divided ¼ cup flour 1 cup heavy cream 2 lbs. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Lobster Bisque from Alex Hitz," 14 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of dice

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dice

Noun

Middle English dyce, from dees, dyce, plural of dee die — more at die

Verb

Middle English dycen, from dyce

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dice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small cube that is made of plastic, wood, etc., that has one to six dots on each side, and that is used usually in pairs in various games
: a gambling game played with dice
: a small cube

dice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut (food) into small cubes

dice

noun
\ ˈdīs \
plural dice

Kids Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dice

verb
diced; dicing

Kids Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut into small cubes dice carrots

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