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.
(Arch.) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.
(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.
Di*e"cious(), a. (Bot.) See Dician, and Dicious.
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