# cube

## Definitions

### General English

- noun a shape like a box, where all six sides are squares of the same size
- noun
__something____shaped__like a cube - noun the result
__when__a number is multiplied by__itself__twice

### General Science

- noun a three-dimensional geometric figure formed of six equal square plane faces, each set at right angles to the four sides adjacent to it
- noun the product of three equal numbers or quantities multiplied together, usually written in mathematical notation as a raised 3, e.g. 4
^{3}__means__4 × 4 × 4 - verb to multiply a number or quantity by itself twice, e.g. 6 cubed is 6 x 6 x 6

### Agriculture

### Slang

- noun an extremely
**square**person. A derogatory**hipsters**’ and**beatnik**term last heard in the early 1960s.

## Origin & History of “cube”

Greek

*kúbos*meant literally ‘six-sided solid figure’, a__sense__handed__down__to__English__via Latin*cubus*.__apart____from____more__obvious metaphorical applications,__such__as ‘dice’, the Greek__word__was used for the internal cavity of the pelvis, a__semantic____feature____which__links it__with__its__possible__relative, English*hip*. The__fine__-art__term__*cubism*was introduced to English in 1911 from French,__where__it seems to__have__been coined in 1908 by an anonymous__member__of the Hanging Committee of the Salon des Independents. The story goes__that____when__a painting by Georges Braque was being shown to the__committee__, he exclaimed ‘Encore des Cubes! Assez de cubisme!’.