cube

1
[kyoob]

noun

verb (used with object), cubed, cub·ing.


Nearby words

  1. cubature,
  2. cubba,
  3. cubbena,
  4. cubby,
  5. cubbyhole,
  6. cube farm,
  7. cube root,
  8. cube steak,
  9. cube van,
  10. cubeb

Origin of cube

1
1350–1400; Middle English cubus < Latin < Greek kýbos cube, die

Related formscub·er, noun

cube

2
[kyoo-bey]

noun

any of several tropical plants of the legume family that are used in making fish poisons and insecticides.
Also cu·bé [kyoo-bey] /kyuˈbeɪ/.

Origin of cube

2
First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for cube

cube

1

noun

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

verb

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
Derived Formscuber, noun

Word Origin for cube

C16: from Latin cubus die, cube, from Greek kubos

noun

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 for cube

American Spanish cubé, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for cube
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Science definitions for cube

cube

[kyōōb]

Verb

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.

Noun

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.
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