Definition of cuboid in English:



  • More or less cubic in shape.

    ‘the school was a hideous cuboid erection of brick and glass’
    • ‘On a basic level, the destruction of these austere cuboid monoliths on our skyline has provoked us to reflect on what buildings mean.’
    • ‘Even if the shape of animal teeth is unfamiliar, a roughly cuboid or distinctly conical structure with a covering of hard mineral and what could feasibly be roots is likely to be a tooth.’
    • ‘It is a tall cuboid volume wrapped in slate which actually sits in the pool, its dark, enigmatic mass giving the disarming impression of floating on water.’
    • ‘She actively asks the viewer to join in, inviting people to place objects from handbags and pockets into the cuboid structures she has built.’
    • ‘There are cuboid watermelons and giant tomatoes, as well as little vignette inserts punctuating the picture - a fruit fly, a strand of human DNA, a repulsive overbred lapdog framed in a prize-winning blue rosette.’
    • ‘Ankara State Security Court is a vast, cuboid slab of concrete.’
    • ‘Has anyone commented on just how cuboid his head is before?’
    • ‘They designed a contemplative cuboid acoustic space made of a lattice of timber elements creating an enclosure that breathes yet insulates the inhabitants from the outside world.’
    • ‘In the middle was an empty coffin, a cuboid altar, and a table decked with chalice, knife, and holy scourge.’
    • ‘Beige PCs look like they have a long and healthy life ahead of them, just as long as Intel and the others don't start developing cuboid cases all of a sudden.’
    • ‘A neighborhood of such severe cuboid houses would probably feel sterile and lifeless.’
    • ‘Using 22 welded tubular steel cubes each measuring 3 x 3 x 3 m to support an aluminium walkway, he elaborates on the basic concept of linked cuboid forms.’
    • ‘From basement to attic, the house was designed down to its last detail: from the hand-stencilled walls, wallpapers and latticed panelling, to curtains and carpets, fitted furniture, china and cuboid planters.’
    • ‘Cytologic evaluation of the brushing material demonstrated clusters of small cuboid cells consistent with an endometrial origin.’
    • ‘I slept along with the locals in perfect safety on the roof of a cuboid house.’
    • ‘The crisp, cuboid geometry of the new parts forms a stage set for the daily dramas and intimacies of workplace life.’
    • ‘The adjacent space is for the most part consumed by Black Stone, an enormous cuboid construction constructed from strips of tyre nailed to an armature.’


  • 1Geometry
    A solid that has six rectangular faces at right angles to each other.

    • ‘Arthur half-slid, half-scrambled through the stainless steel cuboid towards the warm light.’
    • ‘Other bus drivers, allocated the lesser job of driving some characterless new red cuboid, waved at our driver with unconcealed jealousy.’
    • ‘Reykjavik buildings, especially, seem to be total shapes: pyramids, prisms, intersecting glass and copper cuboids.’
    • ‘They describe the pedestal as an intentionally incomplete cuboid.’
    • ‘He didn't know how long he had been standing there, stacking the cuboids one on top of the other.’
  • 2Anatomy
    A squat tarsal bone on the outer side of the foot, articulating with the heel bone and the fourth and fifth metatarsals.

    • ‘The anterior process of the calcaneus is a saddle-shaped bony protuberance that articulates with the cuboid.’
    • ‘The foot can be divided into three anatomic regions: the hindfoot or rearfoot (talus and calcaneus); the midfoot (navicular bone, cuboid bone, and three cuneiform bones); and the forefoot (metatarsals and phalanges).’
    • ‘It cuts the cuboid sulcus and the cuboid bone.’
    • ‘As the medial side of the cuboid and the lateral side of the ectocuneiform are eroded, the fit between the two specimens cannot be fully assessed.’
    • ‘The tarsals of giraffes consist of only four bones: calcaneum, astragulus, fused navicular and cuboid, fused cuneiforms.’


Early 19th century: from modern Latin cuboides, from Greek kuboeidēs, from kubos (see cube).