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  1. a solid bounded by six equal squares, the angle between any two adjacent faces being a right angle.
  2. an object, either solid or hollow, having this form or a form approximating it: a cube of cheese; plastic storage cubes.
  3. sugar cube.
  4. flashcube.
  5. Mathematics. the third power of a quantity, expressed as a3 = a·a·a.
  6. Informal. cubic inch, especially as a measure of the displacement of an automotive engine: a new sports car with 350 cubes.
  7. Slang. one of a pair of dice; die.
  8. Slang. a person who is unaware of or unfamiliar with current ideas, opinions, trends, etc.; square.
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verb (used with object), cubed, cub·ing.
  1. to make into a cube or cubes.
  2. to cut into cubes.
  3. Mathematics. to raise to the third power.
  4. to measure the cubic contents of.
  5. to tenderize (a thin cut or slice of meat) by scoring the fibers in a pattern of squares.
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Origin of cube1

1350–1400; Middle English cubus < Latin < Greek kýbos cube, die
Related formscub·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for cubed

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Historical Examples

  • Luck squared or cubed, or somethinged, up to the tenth power.

    The Peril Finders

    George Manville Fenn

  • They struck the cubed projectiles head on; aimed themselves to meet them.

  • Add the scalded milk, the green peppers, pimentos and cubed chicken.

    Quantity Cookery

    Lenore Richards

  • The rate of change of acceleration in centimeters per second cubed is unknown, but obviously so small as to be negligible.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Add the chopped or cubed meat and if necessary additional stock to moisten.

    Quantity Cookery

    Lenore Richards

British Dictionary definitions for cubed


  1. a solid having six plane square faces in which the angle between two adjacent sides is a right angle
  2. the product of three equal factors: the cube of 2 is 2 × 2 × 2 (usually written 2³)
  3. something in the form of a cubea bath cube
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  1. to raise (a number or quantity) to the third power
  2. (tr) to measure the cubic contents of
  3. (tr) to make, shape, or cut (something, esp food) into cubes
  4. (tr) US and Canadian to tenderize (meat) by scoring into squares or by pounding with a device which has a surface of metal cubes
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Derived Formscuber, noun

Word Origin

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


  1. any of various tropical American plants, esp any of the leguminous genus Lonchocarpus, the roots of which yield rotenone
  2. an extract from the roots of these plants: a fish poison and insecticide
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Word Origin

American Spanish cubé, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cubed



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).

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cubed in Science


  1. 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.
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  1. The product that results when a number or quantity is cubed. For example, the cube of 5 is 125.
  2. A solid having six equal square faces or sides.
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