Definition of dice in US English:

dice

noun

  • 1A small cube with each side having a different number of spots on it, ranging from one to six, thrown and used in gambling and other games involving chance.

    See also die
    • ‘At the core of the game is throwing dice on the table for positioning.’
    • ‘If you throw a dice and guess any number between 1 and 6, the chances that your guess will be correct are 1 / 6.’
    • ‘And they're casting dice, for your future.’
    • ‘Gauss's guess was based on throwing a dice with one side marked ‘prime’ and the others all blank.’
    • ‘However dice are thrown, chance will pull the result in an unexpected way.’
    • ‘She threw the dice, and got two fives and one four.’
    • ‘The children roll dice, and, depending on where they land, they have to act out or answer the questions.’
    • ‘A defender with two or more armies rolls two dice, and one with one army rolls one die.’
    • ‘The upholstery is black, and she has red fuzzy dice hanging from her rearview mirror.’
    • ‘Cluedo is a game with simple rules, with luck limited to the minor role of the movement of pawns by dice.’
    • ‘You rolled the dice and gambled - what have you got to lose?’
    • ‘One Mozart manuscript actually includes what might be considered a musical game, though not played with dice.’
    • ‘When you throw the dice, the odds of any given outcome can be calculated.’
    • ‘I still have a huge collection of dice from my gaming days.’
    • ‘You roll two dice to attack in the game and if you roll doubles, you have to stop!’
    • ‘Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.’
    • ‘He figured out that you didn't really need dice or mathematical models to make a workable baseball role-playing game.’
    • ‘How can you load the dice in your favor?’
    • ‘Hence, the three dice all have the same total face value.’
    • ‘When was the last time you saw some fluffy dice, or any other strange car accessories?’
    1. 1.1 A game played with dice.
      • ‘The emphasis was on the game of dice, which evoked political intrigues beyond the barriers of time and place.’
      • ‘Perform your ablutions, bathe, eat, drink, play dice and other games, sleep - all on the chariot.’
      • ‘Police stormed the residence and found 11 enthusiastic people noisily engaged in a rowdy game of dice.’
      • ‘‘Life is just one big dice game’ according to Ray Doyle and Kevin Legend, founders of the Dice camp.’
      • ‘Another origin dates from the time of the Crusaders, who played a game of dice named after their place of encampment, the castle Hasart.’
      • ‘It was a safe bet that as soon as Max and I were out of sight they would be back to their game of dice.’
      • ‘He is a simpleton and he loves a game of dice.’
      • ‘Card games, dice and chess were the methods he used to make a living.’
      • ‘Following his study of the game of dice, he became known as the founder of the theory of probabilistics.’
      • ‘They have just finished their 12-year exile in the forest after losing the game of dice and are about to enter the phase of having to live in disguise.’
      • ‘All I can say is that it's like a game of dice; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.’
      • ‘So much can turn on a game of dice: kingdoms have been lost, wives gambled away.’
      • ‘A second widely held belief is that the phrase comes from the game of dice, suggesting a poor player wasn't any good because his ‘shakes’ were not effective enough.’
      • ‘The definition of statistical independence appears in this book together with many problems with dice and other games.’
      • ‘Next time, we will turn you over to Nono for a game of dice.’
      • ‘Grinning I stood and walked over to where men were playing a game of dice.’
      • ‘I'm also a big fan of Einstein, who said God does not play dice with the universe.’
      • ‘A traditional Inuit game similar to dice is played on a board, using pieces in the shape of miniature people and animals.’
      • ‘When, after political struggles and a decision to divide the kingdom, Yudhihira lays claim to universal kingship, Duryodhana challenges him to a game of dice.’
      • ‘A half-dozen men play dice games while a woman upstage pours and serves their tea.’
    2. 1.2 Small cubes of food.
      • ‘Early settlers, unused to such large marine creatures, cut them into dice called mootjies and simmered them with onions.’
      • ‘Wash, core and cut at least 5 pounds of ripe tomatoes into large dice.’
      • ‘We have changed the approach to incorporate tiny dices of pineapple in a mixture of cucumber and flakes of hot smoked salmon.’

verb

  • 1no object Play or gamble with dice.

    ‘prohibitions on all dancing and dicing’
    • ‘Four years older than John Peter of Bowhay, and seven older than Will, he was a bon vivant fond of dining and dicing: a suitable escort for his country cousins in Europe's most populous city.’
    • ‘He looked over at his fellow guards and saw them in the corner, dicing and conversing good-naturedly.’
    • ‘Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,’
    dice with, court, risk, not be afraid of, treat frivolously, make light of
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  • 2with object Cut (food or other matter) into small cubes.

    ‘dice the peppers’
    • ‘I don't want any Jell-O at my wedding, or diced carrots for that matter.’
    • ‘Melt fat, dice vegetables and place all ingredients in a wide heavy based saucepan.’
    • ‘She went back into the kitchen and watched Skinny dice a potato into a dozen pieces.’
    • ‘Now just use a spoon to scoop out your sliced or diced avocado.’
    • ‘Why did I have to dice tomatoes while she easily chopped away on lettuce?’
    • ‘He makes us slice and dice these vegetables over and over.’
    • ‘Dress the leaves, then add the drained, diced apples, walnuts and crumbled cheese, gently mixing so they are evenly distributed.’
    • ‘After dicing the carrots, onions, and celery and adding them to the broth of duck, Mr. Bishop set out a bowl and saucer and glass of water when suddenly he was interrupted by a knocking on the door.’
    • ‘Here, sweet red peppers are diced and sautéed with onions and garlic, combined with tomatoes and served as a soup with a raft of golden, fried feta cheese.’
    • ‘Blend a six-ounce can of tuna, one diced tomato, one tablespoon of fat-free Italian dressing and one tablespoon of minced green olives.’
    • ‘Chopped / diced vegetables of your choosing (always depends what we have in the fridge).’
    • ‘Fry over a moderate heat while you peel and finely dice the onions, carrots and celery.’
    • ‘In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, small diced carrots, onion, and celery.’
    • ‘Diced potatoes and onions were then added and cooked some more.’
    • ‘While everything cooks, wash and chop the parsley, dice the ham, toast the hazelnuts in a dry skillet and chop them roughly.’
    • ‘Remove shank meat from bone and dice; peel veal tongue and thinly slice; remove outer membrane from sweetbreads and dice.’
    • ‘Remove saucepan and throw in chopped parsley & diced tomato, stirring through.’
    • ‘When I say to dice the tomato and onion, I mean they should be too small for stir fry, but still big enough to see what they are.’
    • ‘Cut the cauliflower into small florets and peel and dice the carrots.’
    • ‘Knives are usually unnecessary at table as meat is diced or sliced in preparation.’
    chop, cut up, slice, cube, mince
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Usage

Historically, dice is the plural of die, but in modern standard English, dice is both the singular and the plural: throw the dice could mean a reference to two or more dice, or to just one. In fact, the singular die (rather than dice) is increasingly uncommon

Phrases

  • dice with death

    • Take serious risks.

      • ‘We're usually taking calculated risks and even dicing with death at times!’
      • ‘Children are dicing with death hitching rides on the back of moving vehicles.’
      • ‘Men buy Harley Davidson motorbikes and dice with death on the roads.’
      • ‘Dozens of youngsters are dicing with death by leaping 80 ft from bridges into the waters of Salford Quays to cool down during the heatwave.’
      • ‘After the accident last October concern was raised that children as young as nine were dicing with death on the Parkway by playing ‘chicken’ in the fast-moving traffic.’
      • ‘Pensioners who have to dodge dual-carriage way traffic to catch a bus are dicing with death, a county councillor has claimed.’
      • ‘Young people do not appreciate that taking Ecstasy is dicing with death.’
      • ‘People who drink alcohol and swim in North Yorkshire's rivers and lakes are dicing with death, police divers have warned.’
      • ‘Skateboarders grabbing on to the back of moving buses are dicing with death.’
      • ‘Speeding motorists on West Yorkshire roads are dicing with death by driving on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to dodge speed cameras instead of slowing down.’
  • no dice

    • informal Used to refuse a request or indicate no chance of success.

      • ‘The district court said no dice, and the D.C. Circuit agreed in an incredibly short (4 pages, including heading material) opinion.’
      • ‘He works with Debbie Harry and I tried to pry some stories about her out of him, but no dice.’
      • ‘He went to his jeep to call his commander, then came back and told me no dice.’
      • ‘But a little box popped up on screen telling me no dice.’
      • ‘Max kindly but firmly said no dice, the class is full and that's it.’
      • ‘Well, DJ wanted an amp, but the one he picked out was $400, so no dice.’
      • ‘Olaf wanted his name taken off the picture afterward, but no dice.’
      • ‘I've tried asking about the pics of kids and animals at the desk; no dice.’
      • ‘He's gotten calls about a potential film adaptation since Ghost World and American Splendor did well, but so far no dice.’
      • ‘If it is polyester or acetate peau de soie, no dice.’
  • roll (or throw) of the dice

    • A risky attempt to do or achieve something.

      ‘the merger was their last roll of the dice, and it failed miserably’
      • ‘Well, it's mainly a roll of the dice, but it's also some sort of instinct.’
      • ‘For McCain, it would also be the ultimate gamble, an all-or-nothing roll of the dice to determine the last chapter of his political career.’
      • ‘Back in 1997, when the idea was first mooted, Sex and the City was seen as a roll of the dice for Parker, then heading for her mid-30s. No one expected its enduring popularity.’
      • ‘An extra minutes play was signalled and in one last effort Laois threw their last roll of the dice.’
      • ‘Ignoring the strikers on his bench, he threw a centre-half into battle instead in one last desperate roll of the dice.’
      • ‘The family have suffered 28 years of false promises and crushed hopes and now April is convinced this appeal is the last roll of the dice.’
      • ‘Still, as with every form of meet-and-greet, it's a roll of the dice whether you'll want to continue past that first date.’
      • ‘This looks like the last roll of the dice from the political dinosaurs and they just rolled a two.’
      • ‘So why was I about to risk losing everything with one compulsive, libidinous roll of the dice?’
      • ‘The reality is that with another loss we won't be able to make the finals this year, so this match really is the last roll of the dice.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French des, plural of de (see die).

Pronunciation

dice

/dīs//daɪs/