1425–75; late Middle English; see dice, -ing1

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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.
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, dicing.
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, dicing.
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.

1300–50; Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) < Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2

dicer, noun

dice, die, dye.
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dice (daɪs)
pl n
1.  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
2.  (functioning as singular) Also called: die one of these cubes
3.  small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
4.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) no dice an expression of refusal or rejection
5.  to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
6.  (intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
7.  (intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
8.  informal (Austral) (tr) to abandon or reject
9.  (tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
[C14: plural of die²]

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Word Origin & History

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. The verb "to cut into cubes" is first recorded late 14c. Related: Diced.
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Example sentences
Copyright issues arise, too, when splicing and dicing texts from various
All your slicing and dicing is done with a cursor that you aim with the remote.
The scientific establishment is still slicing and dicing gray matter and
  putting it under a microscope to see what makes it spin.
In the sixteenth century, dicing was virtually synonymous with cheating.
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