dice

[ dahys ]
/ daɪs /

plural noun, singular die.

verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.

verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.

Idioms

    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
Related formsdic·er, noun

Definition for dice (2 of 2)

die

2
[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

noun, plural dies for 1, 2, 4, dice for 3.

Machinery.
  1. any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
  2. a hollow device of steel, often composed of several pieces to be fitted into a stock, for cutting the threads of bolts or the like.
  3. one of the separate pieces of such a device.
  4. a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
an engraved stamp for impressing a design upon some softer material, as in coining money.
singular of dice.
Architecture. dado(def 1).

verb (used with object), died, die·ing.

to impress, shape, or cut with a die.

Origin of die

2
1300–50; Middle English de (in early Modern English taking the vowel of the plural form dice) < Old French de(i), presumbly < Latin datum given (neuter past participle of dare to give), perhaps in the derivative sense “put, placed,” hence “played, cast”
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British Dictionary definitions for dice (1 of 3)

dice

/ (daɪs) /

pl n

verb

Derived Formsdicer, noun

Word Origin for dice

C14: plural of die ²

British Dictionary definitions for dice (2 of 3)

die

1
/ (daɪ) /

verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)

Word Origin for die

Old English dīegan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse deyja, Old High German touwen

usage

It was formerly considered incorrect to use the preposition from after die, but of and from are now both acceptable: he died of/from his injuries

British Dictionary definitions for dice (3 of 3)

die

2
/ (daɪ) /

noun

Word Origin for die

C13 dee, from Old French de, perhaps from Vulgar Latin datum (unattested) a piece in games, noun use of past participle of Latin dare to play
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Medicine definitions for dice

die

[ dī ]

v.

To cease living; become dead; expire.
To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
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Idioms and Phrases with dice (1 of 2)

dice


see load the dice; no deal (dice).

Idioms and Phrases with dice (2 of 2)

die


In addition to the idioms beginning with die

  • die away
  • die down
  • die for
  • die hard
  • die in harness
  • die is cast, the
  • die laughing
  • die off
  • die out
  • die to
  • die with one's boots on

also see:

  • curl up (and die)
  • do or die
  • it's to die
  • never say die
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