Main definitions of rice in English

: rice1RICE2



  • 1A swamp grass which is widely cultivated as a source of food, especially in Asia.

    • ‘The Honglian-type hybrid rice has also been widely cultivated in China.’
    • ‘Results presented in this study are in good agreement with those reported for other monocotyledons such as maize and rice.’
    • ‘Indeed, rice coleoptiles are one of the few plant organs that can grow under anoxia.’
    • ‘This indicates that similar mechanisms may trigger anther dehiscence in rice and two-rowed barley.’
    • ‘The draft genome sequences for japonica and indica rice have been published recently.’
    • ‘He had five hectares of land, on which he grew rice and maize, and which was ploughed by horses.’
    • ‘They grow rice, mostly of the dry land varieties, and vegetables in abundance.’
    • ‘So, a strong case exists for substantial de novo protein synthesis in anoxic rice coleoptiles.’
    • ‘The individual grains of wheat and rice are also fruits by this definition.’
    • ‘This has been done for agronomic traits in barley and for blight resistance in chickpea and rice.’
    • ‘These results indicate that in barley, as in rice, GS2 is associated with photorespiration.’
    • ‘Barley is also an important cereal crop species ranking fourth in the world after rice, the wheats, and maize.’
    • ‘The main crops that are harvested for this are maize, rice, wheat, and potatoes.’
    • ‘The wild and weedy rice taxa were used as pollen recipients, whereas the cultivated rice was used as the pollen donor.’
    • ‘With the exceptions of oats and rice, the major endosperm storage proteins of all cereal grains are prolamins.’
    • ‘The remaining 43 % of the planted land does not involve HR rice at all.’
    • ‘Moreover, they tended to live near dykes designed to irrigate rice farms.’
    • ‘Two or three genes encode sucrose synthase isozymes in monocot species such as maize, barley, wheat, and rice.’
    • ‘A rice paddy and a small canal separated the advance platoon and the village.’
    • ‘Glutinous rice is grown especially for use in this traditional dessert.’
    1. 1.1 The seeds of the rice plant used as food.
      • ‘Firni belongs to an extensive family of sweet dishes, all based on milk with rice flour or cornflour.’
      • ‘Add the cornflour mixed with rice wine, and bring to the boil, stirring gently until the sauce thickens.’
      • ‘Transfer to a serving dish and serve with steamed basmati rice.’
      • ‘Stir them into the rice with the grated Parmesan and a grinding of black pepper.’
      • ‘The vegan diet does not allow any animal products at all, only fruits, vegetables, grains, rice and pulses.’
      • ‘My options are plain boiled rice with soy sauce or a bowl of miso soup.’
      • ‘She made us buttered rice flavoured with cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and Zanzibar cloves.’
      • ‘Other popular desserts are pastries, milk and egg pudding, and rice pudding.’
      • ‘Add the rice and blanch the grains for 5 minutes, then drain and spread out on a tray.’
      • ‘Return the scallops to the pan, season with cracked black pepper and spoon over steaming jasmine rice to serve.’
      • ‘Scatter with coriander and serve with plenty of rice and a bowl of thick Greek-style yoghurt.’
      • ‘To turn them into a meal, serve with rice and steamed mangetout or broccoli.’
      • ‘Sticky rice is eaten with the fingers, so one doesn't need dishes or silverware.’
      • ‘Serve this thick stew with hot cooked basmati rice.’
      • ‘Toss the vegetables around gently in the sauce and aromatics, then serve with the coriander rice.’
      • ‘Bread or basmati rice is traditionally served with meals.’
      • ‘In a large saucepan, sauté the shallot with olive oil, then add the curry powder and rice.’
      • ‘Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.’
      • ‘Pasta can be made from soft wheat, durum wheat, buckwheat, rice, soya beans and mung beans.’
      • ‘Serve chicken with jasmine rice cooked with some lemon zest and chicken stock.’


[with object]North American
  • Force (cooked potatoes or other vegetables) through a sieve or ricer.

    • ‘It was nice as a small evening meal, but for something a bit more filling, I'd do riced potatoes (or mash - but Per pretty much hates mash and won't eat it) and possibly a lemon sauce.’


Middle English: from Old French ris, from Italian riso, from Greek oruza.




Main definitions of rice in English

: rice1RICE2


  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (treatment method for bruises, strains, and sprains).