- small cubes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usually used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling.
- poker dice.
- any of various games, especially gambling games, played by shaking and throwing from two to six dice or poker dice onto a flat surface.Compare craps.
- any small cubes.
- Auto Racing. a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.
- to cut into small cubes.
- to decorate with cubelike figures.
- to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).
- to play at dice.
- to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
- Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.
- no dice, Informal. of no use or help; ineffective.
Origin of dice
1300–50; Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) < Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2
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Examples from the Web for dicer
With the sandbox tilted in the air, like a dicer about to make his throw, he looked at the lad.The Tavern Knight
At this moment a loud peal of laughter greeted the second dicer.Jack Harkaway and His Son's Escape From the Brigand's of Greece
He leaned forward, white and eager, waiting for the truth like a dicer for the final throw.Dragon's blood
Henry Milner Rideout
- cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers
- Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
- small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
- no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection
- to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
- (intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
- (intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
- (tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject
- (tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
C14: plural of die ²
Word Origin and History for dicer
"to cut into cubes," late 14c., from dice (n.). Meaning "to play at dice" is from early 15c. Related: Diced; dicing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with dicer
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