Die

Die

, n.;
pl. in 1 and (usually) in 2, Dice (ds); in 4 & 5, Dies (dz).
[OE. dee, die, F. d, fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.] 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.
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2. Any small cubical or square body.
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Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies.
Watts.
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3. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
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Such is the die of war.
Spenser.
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4. (Arch.) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
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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.
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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.

Di*e"cian

(?), a.,

Di*e"cious

(), a. (Bot.) See Dician, and Dicious.
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