- gambling or playing with dice.
- ornamentation, especially of leather, with squares or diamonds.
plural noun, singular die.
- 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.
verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.
- to cut into small cubes.
- to decorate with cubelike figures.
- to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).
verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.
- 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.
- 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
“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.
see load the dice; no deal (dice).