\ 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


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

Other Words from dice


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prosecutors say Briggs was involved in a dice game in the 300 block of Franklintown Road when McBride approached and opened fire. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2022 There is no requirement that mapmakers slice and dice counties that much. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 17 Aug. 2021 Whether it's used to slice and dice during an at-home dinner date or to serve up cheese and other goodies during a get-together, no new homeowner or renter should go without a sturdy all-wooden board. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 13 Aug. 2021 The ultimate goal is to melt, slice, dice and otherwise eviscerate the 60,000-pound section of the jetliner — including passengers’ seats — into bits and pieces so unrecognizable that profiteers won’t be able to sell it. Mike Kelly, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 For now, every infection, and every subsequent reinfection, remains a toss of the dice. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 27 May 2022 Early Voting represented a wise and lucrative roll of the dice by Brown, who chose not to run in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago in spite of accumulating enough points to do so. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 Had the conditions gotten bad enough in that stint, Rossi could have taken over the lead, but the race ran dry enough that Rossi was later forced to pit for red tires and give up on his roll-of-the-dice. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 Roll of the dice with the No. 1 pick, and the Jags opted for DE Travon Walker's potential ahead of Hutchinson's production. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finely dice all hot dogs into cubes and stir in gently. Jonny Sun, The New Yorker, 15 June 2022 For a salad with no awkward size differential, dice the vegetables in your salad to be about the same size as the pasta. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Also, make sure there is flexibility in the filters so users can slice and dice the data in the way that’s most useful for them. Dan Mallin, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Just dice it up into ¼-inch pieces and slowly sizzle it over a medium flame until deeply browned and most of the fat has rendered out. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 There are probably a million ways to slice and dice economic and cost-of-living data, so OJO’s survey isn’t the last word. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 The 2022 Porsche Macan can dice it up with sports sedans on a racetrack and carry a reasonable cartful of groceries home from Costco. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 To dispose of them safely, farmers dice them with a snowblower, spread them across their fields and let the winter elements degrade them. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 Rather than having to dice and slice veggies when your hands are still numb from outside, a frozen soup will be ready to eat (and heat you up) after just a quick spin in the microwave. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dice


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


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

History and Etymology for dice


Middle English dyce, from dees, dyce, plural of dee die entry 2


Middle English dycen, from dyce dice entry 1

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“Dice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dice. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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\ ˈdīs How to pronounce dice (audio) \
plural dice

Kids Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)


diced; dicing

Kids Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut into small cubes

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