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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The Board Game attempted to reimagine a showdown with Dr. Wiley with a fistful of dice to middling results. Luke Winkie, Wired, 9 June 2021 The eastern part of the island is full of granite rocks that look like they've been left behind by giants playing a particularly competitive game of dice. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 6 June 2021 But even a superstitious skeptic like me knows enough to be grateful for a good roll of the dice. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 There is absolutely zero insurance that the Raptors find players as good as those two, essentially making the rebuild option a roll of the dice. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 30 May 2021 The band jumps in and Price shouts out the story of Stagger Lee and Billy fighting over a game of dice, concluding with a bullet from Stagger Lee’s 44 passing through Billy and breaking the bartender’s glass. Hillel Italie And Andrew Dalton, chicagotribune.com, 8 May 2021 The band jumps in and Price shouts out the story of Stagger Lee and Billy fighting over a game of dice, concluding with a bullet from Stagger Lee’s 44 passing through Billy and breaking the bartender’s glass. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 The band jumps in and Price shouts out the story of Stagger Lee and Billy fighting over a game of dice, concluding with a bullet from Stagger Lee’s 44 passing through Billy and breaking the bartender’s glass. al, 8 May 2021 For now, future flu transmission remains a roll of the dice. Katie Peek, Scientific American, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of trying to maneuver around a problem that threatens to slice and dice us to death, why can’t America just pull out the big ammo – and build our own microchip plants? Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 This is possible when companies slice and dice their data by factors, such as brand or geography and trend that data against previous performance. Kathy Sucich, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Just dice them up and toss them in the skillet along with all the other goodies. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2021 Rather than simply slapping some slices between two pieces of bread with a dab of mustard or mayo, why not dice it up and use it as a filing for an elegant tart? Tribune News Service, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2021 Cut away the white pith and finely dice the lemon flesh, discarding any seeds. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2021 Remove from the heat and when the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and dice them. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2021 Next, dice the potatoes and add them and broth to the pot, then simmer until tender. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021 When liquid comes to a low boil, tear greens and finely dice the stems, if desired, and add to the pot. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Dec. 2020

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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 entry 2

Verb

Middle English dycen, from dyce dice entry 1

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The first known use of dice was in the 14th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Dice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dice. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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

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