Main definitions of rice in US English:

: rice1RICE2



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

    Oryza sativa, family Gramineae. African rice belongs to the related species O. glaberrima, whereas the so-called wild rice is not a true rice at all

    Rice provides the staple diet of half the world's population and is second only to wheat in terms of total output. Rice seedlings are usually planted in flooded fields or paddies, so that terraces are necessary on hillsides and a reliable source of water is essential

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


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

    ‘riced boiled potatoes’
    • ‘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 US English:

: rice1RICE2



  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (denoting a method of treating bruises, strains, and other minor soft tissue injuries).