rice

noun
\ˈrīs \

Definition of rice 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: the starchy seeds of an annual southeast Asian cereal grass (Oryza sativa) that are cooked and used for food also : this cereal grass that is widely cultivated in warm climates for its seeds and by-products — compare wild rice

Definition of RICE (Entry 2 of 4)

rest, ice, compression, elevation

Rice

biographical name (1)
\ˈrīs \

Definition of Rice (Entry 3 of 4)

Condoleezza 1954–     U.S. Secretary of State (2005–09)

Rice

biographical name (2)

Definition of Rice (Entry 4 of 4)

Elmer Leopold 1892–1967 originally Elmer Reizenstein American dramatist

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

Examples of rice in a Sentence

Noun

Rice is the main crop of the country.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Block opened on the Ave in the University District, serving rice bowls, tofu soups, fried rice, teriyaki and curry dishes. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Doughan had spent the morning steaming Yamada Nishiki rice, to prepare it for the sake-making process. Wei Tchou, Vogue, "New York’s First Sake Brewery Considers the Art of American Rice Wine," 24 Oct. 2018 Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby had meatballs and rice, along with mashed potatoes and green beans as part of his first meal in a state prison after being sentenced three to 10 years on Tuesday, Fox News has learned. Fox News, "Bill Cosby’s first prison meal revealed," 28 Sep. 2018 Unlike toilet paper or even tissue, blotting papers are made out of an extra-absorbent material that generally includes ingredients such as rice, cotton, and even flax seed. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 9 Best Blotting Papers for Oily Skin," 23 Aug. 2018 After several escape attempts and living on just a bowl of rice per day, Prince Michel and his group were freed after the French government reached a temporary cease-fire. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 Pringles are a Frankensnack, the pink slime of chips: They’re formed from a paste of rice, wheat, corn and potato flakes, and reconstituted into their characteristic curvy shape before being sprayed with a flavor coating. Maura Judkis, Houston Chronicle, "Pringles could never have captured Nashville’s hot chicken in a chip," 13 July 2018 In addition to rice, the katsu and hibachi entrees came with miso soup (ours tasted rather bland) and a small, plain salad. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Items include: Executioner's Chop: Mixed greens, forbidden rice, pepperoncini, garbanzo beans, soppressata, chevre, sweet herb vinaigrette, Parmigiano. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of rice

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rice

Noun

Middle English rys, from Anglo-French ris, from Old Italian riso, from Greek oryza, oryzon, of Iranian origin; akin to Pashto wriže rice; akin to Sanskrit vrīhi rice

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The first known use of rice was in the 13th century

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rice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rice

: small white or brown grains that come from a southeast Asian plant and that are used for food

: the plant that produces rice

rice

noun
\ˈrīs \

Kids Definition of rice

: the small seeds of a tall cereal grass widely grown in warm wet regions that are the chief food in many parts of the world

Medical Definition of RICE 

rest, ice, compression, elevation used especially for the initial treatment of many usually minor sports-related injuries (as sprains)

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