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cubic

1. having the shape of a cube
2. 
a. having three dimensions
b. denoting or relating to a linear measure that is raised to the third power
3. Maths of, relating to, or containing a variable to the third power or a term in which the sum of the exponents of the variables is three
4. Crystallog relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three equal perpendicular axes. The unit cell of cubic crystals is a cube with a lattice point at each corner (simple cubic) and one in the cube's centre (body-centred cubic), or a lattice point at each corner and one at the centre of each face (face-centred cubic).
5. Maths
a. a cubic equation, such as x3 + x + 2 = 0
b. a cubic term or expression

cubic

[′kyü·bik]
(mechanics)
Denoting a unit of volume, so that if x is a unit of length, a cubic x is the volume of a cube whose sides have length 1 x ; for example, a cubic meter, or a meter cubed, is the volume of a cube whose sides have a length of 1 meter. Abbreviated cu.
References in classic literature ?
However, were the forty-four thousand eight hundred and forty-seven cubic feet of gas of which we speak, all introduced into the balloon, it would be entirely filled; but that would not do, because, as the balloon continued to mount into the more rarefied layers of the atmosphere, the gas within would dilate, and soon burst the cover containing it.
It is of vast dimensions, containing more than 40,000 cubic feet of gas ; but as coal gas was employed in place of the more expensive and inconvenient hydrogen, the supporting power of the machine, when fully inflated, and immediately after inflation, is not more than about 2500 pounds.
Who was that enviable young man that could tell the cubic contents of things in no time, and make suggestions about Swedish bark
He had come to the conclusion that it was somewhere indoors: so he worked out all the cubic space of the house, and made measurements everywhere, so that not one inch should be unaccounted for.
Phoebe, after getting well acquainted with the old hen, was sometimes permitted to take the chicken in her hand, which was quite capable of grasping its cubic inch or two of body.
Also, the high standard held up to the public mind by the College of which which gave its peculiar sanction to the expensive and highly rarefied medical instruction obtained by graduates of Oxford and Cambridge, did not hinder quackery from having an excellent time of it; for since professional practice chiefly consisted in giving a great many drugs, the public inferred that it might be better off with more drugs still, if they could only be got cheaply, and hence swallowed large cubic measures of physic prescribed by unscrupulous ignorance which had taken no degrees.