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[kyoob] /kyub/
a solid bounded by six equal squares, the angle between any two adjacent faces being a right angle.
an object, either solid or hollow, having this form or a form approximating it:
a cube of cheese; plastic storage cubes.
sugar cube.
Mathematics. the third power of a quantity, expressed as a 3 = a·a·a.
Informal. cubic inch, especially as a measure of the displacement of an automotive engine:
a new sports car with 350 cubes.
Slang. one of a pair of dice; die.
Slang. a person who is unaware of or unfamiliar with current ideas, opinions, trends, etc.; square.
verb (used with object), cubed, cubing.
to make into a cube or cubes.
to cut into cubes.
Mathematics. to raise to the third power.
to measure the cubic contents of.
to tenderize (a thin cut or slice of meat) by scoring the fibers in a pattern of squares.
Origin of cube1
1350-1400; Middle English cubus < Latin < Greek kýbos cube, die
Related forms
cuber, noun


[kyoo-bey] /ˈkyu beɪ/
any of several tropical plants of the legume family that are used in making fish poisons and insecticides.
Also, cubé
[kyoo-bey] /kyuˈbeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1920-25; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cube
  • 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.
  • As a result, the size of the typical cube has been getting smaller.
  • Correct way: lightly flour cube steaks and brown in a frying pan before placing them in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • They were then shown a cube and a sphere and asked which was which.
  • Watch a piece of charcoal catch fire and see what happens when a cube of gelatin is dropped on a flat surface.
  • The stereotype of programming in a cube is long gone.
  • Add a dimension, and the drop-off would be an inverse cube.
British Dictionary definitions for cube


a solid having six plane square faces in which the angle between two adjacent sides is a right angle
the product of three equal factors: the cube of 2 is 2 × 2 × 2 (usually written 2³)
something in the form of a cube: a bath cube
to raise (a number or quantity) to the third power
(transitive) to measure the cubic contents of
(transitive) to make, shape, or cut (something, esp food) into cubes
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to tenderize (meat) by scoring into squares or by pounding with a device which has a surface of metal cubes
Derived Forms
cuber, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cubus die, cube, from Greek kubos


any of various tropical American plants, esp any of the leguminous genus Lonchocarpus, the roots of which yield rotenone
an extract from the roots of these plants: a fish poison and insecticide
Word Origin
American Spanish cubé, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cube

1550s, from Middle French cube (13c.) and directly from Latin cubus, from Greek kybos "a cube, a six-sided die, vertebra," perhaps from PIE root *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." Mathematical sense is from 1550s in English (it also was in the ancient Greek word: the Greeks threw with three dice; the highest possible roll was three sixes).


1580s in the mathematical sense; 1947 with meaning "cut in cubes," from cube (n.). The Greek verbal derivatives from the noun all referred to dice-throwing and gambling. Related: Cubed; cubing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cube in Science
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.

  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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Slang definitions & phrases for cube


  1. (also cubesville) A very conformistic and conventional person; square (1950s+)
  2. A portion of LSD, hashish, or morphine: He wanted a couple cubes, two cubes I had (1950s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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cube in Technology

Three-dimensional visual language for higher-order logic.
"The Cube Language", M. Najork et al, 1991 IEEE Workshop on Visual Langs, Oct 1991, pp.218-224.
[Jargon File]

1. [short for "cubicle"] A module in the open-plan offices used at many programming shops. "I've got the manuals in my cube."
2. A NeXT machine (which resembles a matte-black cube).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for cube


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