dice

noun
\ ˈdīs How to pronounce dice (audio) \
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

Run line: The Cards (-1.5, -110) are worth a roll of the dice on the run line, too. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 RB Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins Drake was another RB that people have been rolling the dice on for upside. Mark Deming, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Week 1 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em," 5 Sep. 2019 Playing the Knock-Out board game are Ana Barragan, library volunteer Verna Silvia and Curren Lamont, shown rolling the dice. Ramona Sentinel, "Children sharpen skills in Summer Math Land," 22 July 2019 The former Broncos legend has rolled the dice with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly and Case Keenum. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "“Cautiously optimistic”: Broncos Country welcomes change as 2019 team debuts at training camp," 18 July 2019 Reds: Roll the dice on the second half and don’t trade Yasiel Puig. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half," 12 July 2019 But succeeding Waukegan officials kept rolling the dice, keeping the dream alive, betting the big one would finally come their way. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River," 5 June 2019 In short, the Niners and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh are rolling the dice with pretty much the same crew as last year. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: For Shanahan’s 49ers, the time for wins is now," 27 Aug. 2019 That being said, with the surfeit of talent in the secondary, a dearth of depth at offensive tackle and tight end, and the need for redundancy at receiver, Stidham has shown enough to roll the dice. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "A few opinions on the state of the Patriots," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After several minutes of probing the backline, Orlando City strung together a series of quick passes to slice and dice the defense, with Nani feeding Ruan, who sent a bullet to Higuita deep in the box. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City battle for a 2-2 home draw against LAFC," 8 Sep. 2019 With its reliance on the running game and tight ends on short-and middle-distance routes, Stanford is built for grinding opponents on second-and-six, not slicing and dicing them on second-and-12. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stanford preview: Make-or-break season for the Cardinal as a North division heavyweight," 22 Aug. 2019 Finely dice enough of the remaining mango to fill 1 cup; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Los Angeles Times, "Make these mangonada bars for the best chill treat during the hot summer," 13 Aug. 2019 Young sliced and diced the USC defense all night, going 30 of 40 for 267 yards and running 19 times for another 200 yards and three touchdowns. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "The Greatest Games in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 The possibilities are limited only by one’s ability to slice and dice the American people. Jay Cost, National Review, "How Republicans Can Appeal to the White Working Class," 25 July 2019 As the Arctic warms, the once solitary home of indigenous peoples who lived off its wildness instead of trying to master it will be diced up and developed like the rest of the world to its south. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 The very first image released from season 10 of The Walking Dead showed a badass looking Michonne slicing and dicing zombies while fire raged in the background. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Danai Gurira confirms she is leaving The Walking Dead," 19 July 2019 Peel and dice one of the peaches and add to the filling. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: July means peaches and cooking with peaches is delectable," 17 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce dice (audio) \
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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