plural noun, singular die.
verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.
verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.
Origin of dice
noun, plural dies for 1, 2, 4, dice for 3.
- any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
- 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.
- one of the separate pieces of such a device.
- a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
verb (used with object), died, die·ing.
Origin of die2
Examples from the Web for dice
Contemporary Examples of dice
So why are so many wealthy Florida business owners lining up to roll the dice?Ganjapreneurs Line Up to Get Florida High
July 30, 2014
Instead, Obama, like Jon Stewart, uses jokes that slice and dice his targets by name.The Daily Show President: Obama's Edgy Humor
July 5, 2014
Healthy individuals had lucked out while their sick relatives simple ended up with a bad genetic roll of the dice.The Genetic Heroes That Could Cure the Sick
July 1, 2014
We learning how to dice an onion into perfect, tiny cubes (the secret is not to remove the root when you peel the skin).Thai Curry Therapy At London’s L’Atelier Des Chefs
February 3, 2014
Dice had just finished a stand-up show in Westbury, and his manager phoned to tell him Woody Allen wanted a meeting.Andrew Dice Clay on ‘Blue Jasmine,’ His Alleged Misogyny, and More
July 25, 2013
Historical Examples of dice
When tender, drain them, remove the skins, and dice the beets.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He learned of him how to play the dice, and a pack the cards—he paid him L1,000.Night and Morning, Complete
Have ready some toasted bread cut into small squares or dice.
Cut up the flesh of the claws and tail into dice, and stir it in.
Words, sir, never influence the course of the cards, or the course of the dice.Little Dorrit
Word Origin for dice
verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)
Word Origin for die
- a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device
- a tool of metal, silicon carbide, or other hard material with a conical hole through which wires, rods, or tubes are drawn to reduce their diameter
Word Origin for die
"to cut into cubes," late 14c., from dice (n.). Meaning "to play at dice" is from early 15c. Related: Diced; dicing.
mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").
It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.
Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.
early 14c. (as a plural, late 14c. as a singular), from Old French de "die, dice," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian dado, Provençal dat, Catalan dau), perhaps from Latin datum "given," past participle of dare (see date (n.1)), which, in addition to "give," had a secondary sense of "to play" (as a chess piece); or else from "what is given" (by chance or Fortune). Sense of "stamping block or tool" first recorded 1690s.
see load the dice; no deal (dice).
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
- curl up (and die)
- do or die
- it's to die
- never say die