- gambling or playing with dice.
- ornamentation, especially of leather, with squares or diamonds.
Origin of dicing
- 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.
- poker dice.
- 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.
- any small cubes.
- Auto Racing. a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.
- to cut into small cubes.
- to decorate with cubelike figures.
- to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).
- to play at dice.
- to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
- Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.
- no dice, Informal. of no use or help; ineffective.
Origin of dice
Examples from the Web for dicing
But then in 2011 he weaponized comedy, slicing and dicing his political rivals in the same way a comedian deals with a heckler.Obama Will Weaponize Comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
May 2, 2014
In 2009, Pfeiffer told David Letterman on Late Night that she won them over by “slicing and dicing Al Pacino.”Mob Wives of Hollywood
April 22, 2011
He is no longer for drinking or kissing, for dicing or fighting.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
War, as a means of deciding our luck, is no more scientific than dicing for it.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
Two things Lord Welter was very fond of—brawling and dicing.Ravenshoe
The other Viscount have been horse-racing, and dicing, and carrying on all his life.St. Ives
Robert Louis Stevenson
Not to suffer swearing, dicing, card-playing, or other vain talk.Antony Waymouth
- 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
- Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
- small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
- no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection
- to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
- (intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
- (intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
- (tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject
- (tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
Word Origin and History for dicing
"to cut into cubes," late 14c., from dice (n.). Meaning "to play at dice" is from early 15c. Related: Diced; dicing.
early 14c., des, dys, plural of dy (see die (n.)), altered 14c. to dyse, dyce, and 15c. to dice. "As in pence, the plural s retains its original breath sound, probably because these words were not felt as ordinary plurals, but as collective words" [OED]. Sometimes used as singular 1400-1700.
Idioms and Phrases with dicing
see load the dice; no deal (dice).