[ dahys ]
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plural noun,singular die.
  1. small cubes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usually used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling.

  1. any of various games, especially gambling games, played by shaking and throwing from two to six dice or poker dice onto a flat surface.: Compare craps.

  2. any small cubes.

  3. Auto Racing. a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.

verb (used with object),diced,dic·ing.
  1. to cut into small cubes.

  2. to decorate with cubelike figures.

  1. to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).

verb (used without object),diced,dic·ing.
  1. to play at dice.

  2. to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.

  1. Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.

Idioms about dice

  1. 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

Other words from dice

  • dicer, noun

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How to use dice in a sentence

  • What hath he to gain more among the players and dicers and tavern brawlers and that idle crew?

    Judith Shakespeare | William Black
  • Gradually the dicers' laughter died; one by one they left their clusters and joined the circle at the fire.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales | C. Bryson Taylor
  • A separate name was used by dicers for almost every possible throw of the tesserae and tali.

    Cato Maior de Senectute | Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • False in general as dicers' oaths; false on this side and on that, from beginning to end.

  • The crowd bawls of dicers, crown and anchor players, thimbleriggers, broadsmen.

    Ulysses | James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for dice


/ (daɪs) /

pl n
  1. cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers

  2. Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes

  1. small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc

  2. no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection

  1. to cut (food, etc) into small cubes

  2. (intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice

  1. (intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)

  2. (tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject

  3. (tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes

Origin of dice

C14: plural of die ²

Derived forms of dice

  • dicer, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with dice


see load the dice; no deal (dice).

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