# cubic

[kyoo-bik]

- having three dimensions; solid.
- having the form of a cube; cubical.
- pertaining to the measurement of volume: the cubic contents of a vessel.
- pertaining to a unit of linear measure that is multiplied by itself twice to form a unit of measure for volume: cubic foot; cubic centimeter; cubic inch; cubic meter.
- Mathematics. of or relating to the third degree.
- Crystallography. belonging or pertaining to the isometric system of crystallization.

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- Mathematics. a cubic polynomial or equation.

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## Origin of cubic^{}

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## Examples from the Web for cubic

### Contemporary Examples

#### Each year their fields need at least 53 billion cubic meters of water for irrigation.

#### The conflict in Ukraine caused Gazprom to cut production volumes from 496.4 billion cubic meters to 463 billion cubic meters.

#### The daughter had also been exposed and was comatose before she and her mother each received A 250 cubic centimeter transfusion.

#### She grew increasingly ill despite a 450 cubic centimeter transfusion and became comatose after five days.

#### They make a 0.75 cubic foot bag of firewood blazing with a Hotsticks logo.

### Historical Examples

#### To express the cubic content of a turnip, you must be all round it at once.

Alarms and DiscursionsG. K. Chesterton

#### The dirt contained one cent and a fifth of gold in a cubic foot.

Hittel on Gold Mines and MiningJohn S. Hittell

#### A man will throw in from two to five cubic yards of dirt in one day.

Hittel on Gold Mines and MiningJohn S. Hittell

#### In a cubic foot there will of course be 1728 times that number.

The Machinery of the UniverseAmos Emerson Dolbear

#### That a mass of ice about a cubic yard in size had fallen at Candeish, India, 1828.

The Book of the DamnedCharles Fort

## cubic

- having the shape of a cube
- having three dimensions
- denoting or relating to a linear measure that is raised to the third powera cubic metre Abbreviation: cu., c

- maths of, relating to, or containing a variable to the third power or a term in which the sum of the exponents of the variables is three
- Also: isometric, regular crystallog relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three equal perpendicular axes. The unit cell of cubic crystals is a cube with a lattice point at each corner (simple cubic) and one in the cube's centre (body-centred cubic), or a lattice point at each corner and one at the centre of each face (face-centred cubic)

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- maths
- a cubic equation, such as x ³ + x + 2 = 0
- a cubic term or expression

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## Word Origin and History for cubic

### adj.

1550s, from Middle French cubique (14c.), from Latin cubicus, from Greek kybikos, from kybos "cube" (see cube (n.)). Related: Cubical.

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## cubic

[kyōō′bĭk]

- Referring to a volume unit of measurement.
- Involving a number or a variable that has been raised to the third power.
- Relating to a crystal having three axes of equal length intersecting at right angles. The mineral pyrite has cubic crystals. Also called isometric See illustration at crystal.

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