from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mathematics A regular solid having six congruent square faces.
  • n. Something having the general shape of a cube: a cube of sugar.
  • n. A cubicle, used for work or study.
  • n. Mathematics The third power of a number or quantity.
  • n. Slang Cubic inches. Used especially of an internal combustion engine.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To raise (a quantity or number) to the third power.
  • transitive v. To determine the cubic contents of.
  • transitive v. To form or cut into cubes; dice.
  • transitive v. To tenderize (meat) by breaking the fibers with superficial cuts in a pattern of squares.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A regular polyhedron having six identical square faces.
  • n. Any object more or less in the form of a cube.
  • n. The third power of a number, value, term or expression.
  • n. A data structure consisting of a three-dimensional array; a data cube
  • v. To raise to the third power; to determine the result of multiplying by itself twice.
  • v. To form into the shape of a cube.
  • v. To cut into cubes.
  • v. to use a Rubik's cube.
  • n. A cubicle, especially one of those found in offices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A regular solid body, with six equal square sides.
  • n. The product obtained by taking a number or quantity three times as a factor.
  • transitive v. To raise to the third power; to obtain the cube of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise to the cube or third power. See cube, n., 2.
  • To measure the cubic capacity of a hollow object, like that of a skull.
  • n. In geometry, a regular body with six square faces; a rectangular parallelopiped, having all its edges equal.
  • n. In arithmetic and algebra, the product obtained by multiplying the square of a quantity by the quantity itself; the third power of a quantity: as, 4 × 4 × 4 = 64, the cube of 4; a is the cube of a, or x of x.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  • n. a hexahedron with six equal squares as faces
  • n. the product of three equal terms
  • v. cut into cubes
  • v. raise to the third power
  • n. any of several tropical American woody plants of the genus Lonchocarpus whose roots are used locally as a fish poison and commercially as a source of rotenone
  • n. a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube


Latin cubus, from Greek kubos. N., sense 2b, short for cubicle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cube, from Latin cubus, from Ancient Greek κύβος (kubos). (Wiktionary)
Clipped form of cubicle (with intentional reference to their common shape per cube, etymology 1), which from Latin cubiculum ("a small bedchamber or lounge"), from cubare ("to lie down"). (Wiktionary)



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