dice

noun
\ˈdīs \
plural dice

Definition of dice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : die sense 1

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

If gambling is no dice, the hotel’s exclusive pool offers an escape from the roulette and blackjack tables. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 His victory in 2016 is symbolic of how divisive American politics have become—so divisive that nearly half of the country’s voters were willing to roll the dice and select a politically unproven, not especially attractive man to lead the nation. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "There’s Too Much Virtue in Politics," 31 July 2018 Young Ian wins Rollo, a dog who is part wolf, in a dice game, and the dog soon becomes a member of the extended Fraser family. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Meet the New Cast," 30 Oct. 2018 This one’s a little like Yahtzee, in that you roll dice and try to match what’s on one of the 20 challenge cards. Armin Brott And Samantha Feuss, The Seattle Times, "5 new twists on classic board games," 24 Aug. 2018 Fultz, finally mustering up the courage to shoot the dice in the board game, promptly breaks Joel Embiid’s character’s face. Ej Smith, Philly.com, "'Game of Zones' pokes fun at Sixers Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz in latest episode," 24 May 2018 Kids will learn how to safely chop, dice and slice — while whipping up everything from homemade gelatos and pastas to Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Skewers. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "A guide to great summer camps in metro Atlanta," 3 May 2018 Diallo is still very much worth a dice roll in a low-risk situation, but his actual offensive ceiling will be a bit capped without significant improvement. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 But not rolling the dice can have far greater consequences, and this year, the Cardinals don’t have a choice. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Cardinals must take the plunge and move up to get their next impact quarterback," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner diced up Oklahoma for 332 yards and five touchdowns in the 2005 Orange Bowl. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Alvarez cooks a box of cellentani pasta al dente and then dices a medium red onion and mixes it with the pasta and two jars of pesto. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Patriarchy is being sliced and diced, and possibly reconceived. New York Times, "Signs of the Apocalypse at the Hammer Museum," 3 June 2018 Charged for action, the work of preparing the first recipe got underway and students got busy chopping, dicing, measuring, whisking and all that was needed to achieve mis en place before sauteing and baking. Maria Brown, Philly.com, "Prepwork produces a '5-star burrito breakfast'," 8 Mar. 2018 The razor clams, diced into tender discs and sautéed warm with guanciale before being stuffed back into their slender shells, were an adventure bite worth ordering. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, dice the onion, cucumber, garlic cloves and bell pepper. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blender gazpacho has umami flavors," 9 July 2018

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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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