dice n.; pl. of Die. Small cubes used in gaming or in determining by chance; also, the game played with dice. See Die, n.
dice coal, a kind of coal easily splitting into cubical fragments.
Die, n.; pl. in 1 and (usually) in 2, Dice in 4 & 5, Dies
1. A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See Dice.
2. Any small cubical or square body.
Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies. --Watts.
3. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
Such is the die of war. --Spenser.
4. Arch. That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
5. Mach. (a) A metal or plate (often one of a pair) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc. (b) A perforated block, commonly of hardened steel used in connection with a punch, for punching holes, as through plates, or blanks from plates, or for forming cups or capsules, as from sheet metal, by drawing. (c) A hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool, made in one piece or composed of several parts, for forming screw threads on bolts, etc.; one of the separate parts which make up such a tool.
Cutting die Mech., a thin, deep steel frame, sharpened to a cutting edge, for cutting out articles from leather, cloth, paper, etc.
The die is cast, the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.
Die v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.]
1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. --Macaulay.
She will die from want of care. --Tennyson.
2. To suffer death; to lose life.
In due time Christ died for the ungodly. --Rom. v. 6.
3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
Letting the secret die within his own breast. --Spectator.
Great deeds can not die. --Tennyson.
4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
His heart died within, and he became as a stone. --1 Sam. xxv. 37.
The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. --Tatler.
5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.
6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away.
Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness. --Spectator.
7. Arch. To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die rather than surrender.
=\“There is one certain way,” replied the Prince [William of Orange] “ by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last ditch.”\= --Hume (Hist. of Eng. ).
-- To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died out.
Syn: -- To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.
n 1: small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate
random numbers [syn: dice]
2: a device used for shaping metal
3: a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for
cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts
or pipes or rods
v 1: pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes
and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from
cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The
patient went peacefully" [syn: decease, perish, go,
exit, pass away, expire, pass] [ant: be born]
2: suffer or face the pain of death; "Martyrs may die every day
for their faith"
3: be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense
emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame; "I was
dying with embarrassment when my little lie was
discovered"; "We almost died laughing during the show"
4: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went";
"The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke
down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The
engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went
after the accident" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, give
out, conk out, go, break, break down]
5: feel indifferent towards; "She died to worldly things and
eventually entered a monastery"
6: languish as with love or desire; "She dying for a
cigarette"; "I was dying to leave"
7: cut or shape with a die; "Die out leather for belts" [syn: die
8: to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
9: lose sparkle or bouquet; "wine and beer can pall" [syn: pall,
10: disappear or come to an end; "Their anger died"; "My secret
will die with me!"
11: suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense);
"Whosoever..believes in me shall never die"