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[kyoo-bi-kuh l] /ˈkyu bɪ kəl/
having the form of a cube.
of or relating to volume.
Origin of cubical
1490-1500; cubic + -al1
Related forms
cubically, adverb
cubicalness, noun
subcubical, adjective
uncubical, adjective
uncubically, adverb
uncubicalness, noun
Can be confused
cubical, cubicle. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cubical
Historical Examples
  • The combined capacity of two cubical tanks is 637 cubic feet, and the sum of an edge of one and an edge of the other is 13 feet.

    A Review of Algebra Romeyn Henry Rivenburg
  • The drum consists of a cubical box with rounded corners and edges.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • This stone is a rough sandstone of cubical shape, showing no trace whatever of having been hewn.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • cubical tins, which had contained Indian meal, lay all about the place.

  • A cubical foot is 12 inches square every way, of any solid substance.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Behind, the lofty houses of the city rose in an ampitheatre of cubical form.

    Salammbo Gustave Flaubert
  • The oldest of the artificial tombs in Phœnicia are doubtless those which consist of cubical chambers with horizontal hewn roofs.

  • It crystallizes in the cubical system, often in beautiful octahedra and rhombic dodecahedra.

  • These are made upon the faces of cubical blocks of wood: each block contains one letter on each of its faces.

    Gorillas & Chimpanzees R. L. Garner
  • A large, cubical, and windowless building, with the single word food next to each of the sealed entrances.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for cubical


of or related to volume: cubical expansion
shaped like a cube
of or involving the third power
Derived Forms
cubically, adverb
cubicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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