cube

2 [kyoo-bey]
noun
any of several tropical plants of the legume family that are used in making fish poisons and insecticides.
Also, cubé [kyoo-bey] .


Origin:
1920–25; origin uncertain

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cube1 (kjuːb)
 
n
1.  a solid having six plane square faces in which the angle between two adjacent sides is a right angle
2.  the product of three equal factors: the cube of 2 is 2 × 2 × 2 (usually written 2³)
3.  something in the form of a cube: a bath cube
 
vb
4.  to raise (a number or quantity) to the third power
5.  (tr) to measure the cubic contents of
6.  (tr) to make, shape, or cut (something, esp food) into cubes
7.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to tenderize (meat) by scoring into squares or by pounding with a device which has a surface of metal cubes
 
[C16: from Latin cubus die, cube, from Greek kubos]
 
'cuber1
 
n

cube2 (ˈkjuːbeɪ)
 
n
1.  any of various tropical American plants, esp any of the leguminous genus Lonchocarpus, the roots of which yield rotenone
2.  an extract from the roots of these plants: a fish poison and insecticide
 
[American Spanish cubé, of unknown origin]

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cube
1550s, from L. cubus, from Gk. kybos "a cube, a die, vertebra," from PIE base *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." The verb is 1580s in the mathematical sense; 1947 with meaning "cut in cubes."
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cube   (kyb)  Pronunciation Key 
Verb   To multiply a number or a quantity by itself three times; raise to the third power. For example, five cubed is 5 × 5 × 5.

Noun  
  1. The product that results when a number or quantity is cubed. For example, the cube of 5 is 125.

  2. A solid having six equal square faces or sides.


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Abbreviations & Acronyms
cube
cubicle
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Example sentences
There are theoretical arguments that the size of a legislature should
  proportional to the cube root of the number of voters.
Turbine power generation is proportional to the cube of wind speed.
Figure out the answers on every side of this crossword cube.
Cut and cube the mango for this salsa at home and then stash it in your cooler.
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