noun (plural same)
- 1A small cube with each side having a different number of spots on it, ranging from one to six, thrown and used in gambling and other games involving chance. See also die2.More example sentences
- Gauss's guess was based on throwing a dice with one side marked ‘prime’ and the others all blank.
- She threw the dice, and got two fives and one four.
- You rolled the dice and gambled - what have you got to lose?
- 1.1 [mass noun] A game played with dice.More example sentences
- A second widely held belief is that the phrase comes from the game of dice, suggesting a poor player wasn't any good because his ‘shakes’ were not effective enough.
- When, after political struggles and a decision to divide the kingdom, Yudhihira lays claim to universal kingship, Duryodhana challenges him to a game of dice.
- Another origin dates from the time of the Crusaders, who played a game of dice named after their place of encampment, the castle Hasart.
- 2Small cubes of food: cut the meat into diceMore example sentences
- Early settlers, unused to such large marine creatures, cut them into dice called mootjies and simmered them with onions.
- Wash, core and cut at least 5 pounds of ripe tomatoes into large dice.
- We have changed the approach to incorporate tiny dices of pineapple in a mixture of cucumber and flakes of hot smoked salmon.
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- 1 [no object] (often as noun dicing) Play or gamble with dice.More example sentences
- Four years older than John Peter of Bowhay, and seven older than Will, he was a bon vivant fond of dining and dicing: a suitable escort for his country cousins in Europe's most populous city.
- He looked over at his fellow guards and saw them in the corner, dicing and conversing good-naturedly.
- Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
- 2 [with object] Cut (food or other matter) into small cubes: dice the peppers (as adjective diced) diced onionsMore example sentences
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, small diced carrots, onion, and celery.
- Here, sweet red peppers are diced and sautéed with onions and garlic, combined with tomatoes and served as a soup with a raft of golden, fried feta cheese.
- After dicing the carrots, onions, and celery and adding them to the broth of duck, Mr. Bishop set out a bowl and saucer and glass of water when suddenly he was interrupted by a knocking on the door.
dice with death
- Take serious risks.More example sentences
- Young people do not appreciate that taking Ecstasy is dicing with death.
- After the accident last October concern was raised that children as young as nine were dicing with death on the Parkway by playing ‘chicken’ in the fast-moving traffic.
- Speeding motorists on West Yorkshire roads are dicing with death by driving on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to dodge speed cameras instead of slowing down.
- • informal , chiefly North American Used to refuse a request or indicate that there is no chance of success.More example sentences
- The district court said no dice, and the D.C. Circuit agreed in an incredibly short (4 pages, including heading material) opinion.
- Well, DJ wanted an amp, but the one he picked out was $400, so no dice.
- I've tried asking about the pics of kids and animals at the desk; no dice.
roll (or throw) of the dice
- A risky attempt to do or achieve something: the merger was their last roll of the dice, and it failed miserablyMore example sentences
- Well, it's mainly a roll of the dice, but it's also some sort of instinct.
- Back in 1997, when the idea was first mooted, Sex and the City was seen as a roll of the dice for Parker, then heading for her mid-30s. No one expected its enduring popularity.
- For McCain, it would also be the ultimate gamble, an all-or-nothing roll of the dice to determine the last chapter of his political career.
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- ‘All around,’ Kermode comments, ‘were cardsharps and dicers, con men and money-lenders, roaring boys and roaring girls.’
- Because you - the readers, the slicers, dicers and copiers - hold in your collective action the secret of the future of publishing.
- It's a Chef's Pal, it's a dicer, grater, peeler all in one, never needs sharpening and it's dishwasher safe.
Middle English: from Old French des, plural of de (see die2).
Historically, dice is the plural of die, but in modern standard English dice is both the singular and the plural: throw the dice could mean a reference to either one or more than one dice.
More definitions of diceDefinition of dice in:
- The US English dictionary