# cubes

## cube

1 [kyoob]
noun
1.
a solid bounded by six equal squares, the angle between any two adjacent faces being a right angle.
2.
an object, either solid or hollow, having this form or a form approximating it: a cube of cheese; plastic storage cubes.
3.
sugar cube.
4.
5.
Mathematics. the third power of a quantity, expressed as a 3 = a·a·a.
6.
Informal. cubic inch, especially as a measure of the displacement of an automotive engine: a new sports car with 350 cubes.
7.
Slang. one of a pair of dice; die.
8.
Slang. a person who is unaware of or unfamiliar with current ideas, opinions, trends, etc.; square.
verb (used with object), cubed, cubing.
9.
to make into a cube or cubes.
10.
to cut into cubes.
11.
Mathematics. to raise to the third power.
12.
to measure the cubic contents of.
13.
to tenderize (a thin cut or slice of meat) by scoring the fibers in a pattern of squares.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English cubus < Latin < Greek kýbos cube, die

cuber, noun
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## 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   The product that results when a number or quantity is cubed. For example, the cube of 5 is 125. A solid having six equal square faces or sides.
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### cube definition

[kjub]
1. n.
a very squareperson. : This nerd was the most unbelievable cube you have ever seen.
2. n.
a die, one of a pair of dice. (Usually in the plural.) : She shook the cubes, saying, “Baby needs shoes!”
3. n.
a sugar cube impregnated with LSD. (Drugs. Often in the plural.) : First they took it on cubes. Then on little bits of paper.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
 cubecubicle
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