- a solid bounded by six equal squares, the angle between any two adjacent faces being a right angle.
- an object, either solid or hollow, having this form or a form approximating it: a cube of cheese; plastic storage cubes.
- sugar cube.
- Mathematics. the third power of a quantity, expressed as a3 = a·a·a.
- Informal. cubic inch, especially as a measure of the displacement of an automotive engine: a new sports car with 350 cubes.
- Slang. one of a pair of dice; die.
- Slang. a person who is unaware of or unfamiliar with current ideas, opinions, trends, etc.; square.
- to make into a cube or cubes.
- to cut into cubes.
- Mathematics. to raise to the third power.
- to measure the cubic contents of.
- to tenderize (a thin cut or slice of meat) by scoring the fibers in a pattern of squares.
Origin of cube1
- any of several tropical plants of the legume family that are used in making fish poisons and insecticides.
Origin of cube2
Examples from the Web for cube
Geometrically, it is a cube being forced into a rhomboid by the fault.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
The cube was placed outside for passersby to see as part of the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy.Lady Gaga, John Lennon & More Celebs Doing Performance Art (VIDEO)
Rachel Osman , Victoria Kezra
August 9, 2013
[I]n Westeros, the Lannisters have the cube of gold and the Tyrells with the rich farmland of the Reach have the real resources.Land is More Important Than Gold
April 17, 2013
Whisk the cold butter cubes into the sauce, a cube at a time, until all the butter is incorporated.5 Iconic Recipes From an Iconic Chef
May 12, 2011
And another asked for cube, fourth and fifth roots of a six-digit number.The Other World Cup
June 11, 2010
Professor Johnson placed the cube gently on the machine's platform.Two Timer
The square of any such number represents a surface, the cube a solid.Timaeus
Keep your eyes on me, for to look at the cube spells danger!
The second cube came back unchanged, except that it was newer, shinier.
I flicked the switch and opened the door, expecting to find the cube vanished.
- a solid having six plane square faces in which the angle between two adjacent sides is a right angle
- the product of three equal factors: the cube of 2 is 2 × 2 × 2 (usually written 2³)
- something in the form of a cubea bath cube
- to raise (a number or quantity) to the third power
- (tr) to measure the cubic contents of
- (tr) to make, shape, or cut (something, esp food) into cubes
- (tr) US and Canadian to tenderize (meat) by scoring into squares or by pounding with a device which has a surface of metal cubes
- any of various tropical American plants, esp any of the leguminous genus Lonchocarpus, the roots of which yield rotenone
- an extract from the roots of these plants: a fish poison and insecticide
Word Origin and History for cube
1550s, from Middle French cube (13c.) and directly from Latin cubus, from Greek kybos "a cube, a six-sided die, vertebra," perhaps from PIE root *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." Mathematical sense is from 1550s in English (it also was in the ancient Greek word: the Greeks threw with three dice; the highest possible roll was three sixes).
1580s in the mathematical sense; 1947 with meaning "cut in cubes," from cube (n.). The Greek verbal derivatives from the noun all referred to dice-throwing and gambling. Related: Cubed; cubing.
- To multiply a number or a quantity by itself three times; raise to the third power. For example, five cubed is 5 X 5 X 5.
- The product that results when a number or quantity is cubed. For example, the cube of 5 is 125.
- A solid having six equal square faces or sides.