The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Rings, strings & things » » Dice - What's the name of the "spots"? (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

Indyfan
View Profile
Regular user
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
173 Posts

Profile of Indyfan
What's the technical term for the spots on dice? Pips? Spots?
Thanks in advance! Smile
Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Ronnie Ramin
View Profile
Loyal user
233 Posts

Profile of Ronnie Ramin
I'm not sure about the term for them, but I used to work in a Domino Factory as a spot driller. It was a 6 day a week job. On Tuesdays we drilled all the Aces, on Wednesdays we drilled all the Deuces, on Thursday all the threes, so on and so on. I was only off on Mondays...





...Thats when they drilled the Double Blanks.

:) Ronnie
Indyfan
View Profile
Regular user
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
173 Posts

Profile of Indyfan
After doing some more detailed internet searches, it appears they are called "spots". VERY imaginative, if you ask me!!

But I did also find out that the weight of the paint used to paint the spots on each side, equal the amount of plastic drilled out to make the spots. I guess that stands to reason, as it would keep the dice completely balanced.
Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
S2000magician
View Profile
Inner circle
Yorba Linda, CA
3469 Posts

Profile of S2000magician
In the MacMillan Visual Dictionary they do not specifically designate the marks on a die, but they specify that the marks on a domino are known as pips. I'd always thought that the same were true for a die, and this is another piece of evidence in that direction.
Paul Sherman
View Profile
Inner circle
Arlington, VA
1511 Posts

Profile of Paul Sherman
On Steve Forte's video on cheating with dice, he refers to a particular type of crooked dice as "mis-spotted". I'm assuming (dangerous, I know) that this means the "spots" on dice are, in fact, called "spots". Had he refered to them as "mis-pipped", then I'd go with "pips".

Paul
"The finished card expert considers nothing too trivial that in any way contributes to his success..." Erdnase



some youtube videos
vinsmagic
View Profile
Eternal Order
sleeping with the fishes...
10720 Posts

Profile of vinsmagic
I have always called them PIPS.

vinny
Come check out my magic.

http://www.vinnymarini.com
Pete Biro
View Profile
1933 - 2018
18558 Posts

Profile of Pete Biro
Spots Smile

Snakeeyes Smile
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
Dynamike
View Profile
Eternal Order
FullTimer
24098 Posts

Profile of Dynamike
Call them spots in front of kids. And pips in front of adults.
HiveMind
View Profile
Veteran user
303 Posts

Profile of HiveMind
I am 100% certain they are called pips by those who
know what they are talking about.

http://www.fastdice.com/Dice.htm

"Dice Construction
Dice are cubes about three quarters of an inch square. One alone is called a die. Each die has spots called "pips" totalling a number from one to six on each side."

http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Borealis%20D......inpg.htm

Sells dice

"16mm d6 with pips Dice Blocks™ (12 dice):
27600 Borealis™ Clear/black 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™
LE615 Borealis™ Orange/white 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™ $8.95
LE616 Borealis™ Red/white 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™ $8.95
LE617 Borealis™ Green/white 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™ $8.95
27626 Borealis™ Sky Blue/white 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™ $8.95
27607 Borealis™ Purple/white 16mm d6 with pips Dice Block™ $8.95"

And here is the clincher

Main Entry: pip
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1604
1 a : one of the dots used on dice and dominoes to indicate numerical value b : SPOT 2c
2 a : SPOT, SPECK b : 1SPIKE 6a; also : BLIP
3 : an individual rootstock of the lily of the valley
4 : a diamond-shaped insignia of rank worn by a second lieutenant, lieutenant, or captain in the British army


Websters Dictionary


PS
It is interesting to note that the symbols
used on playing cards are NOT also refrenced
here.
"Free will is an illusion." - B.F. Skinner
Indyfan
View Profile
Regular user
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
173 Posts

Profile of Indyfan
Thanks, Hivemind...great work!
I think that pretty much sums it up! And you're right....that's very interesting that card "pips" are not referenced in Webster!
Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
owenscott
View Profile
Regular user
168 Posts

Profile of owenscott
I want to sound smart Smile but I have never heard of pips till today so I guess I'll call'em spots and sound silly to the "smart" crowd.
Michaels
View Profile
Elite user
412 Posts

Profile of Michaels
Quote:
On 2003-10-08 07:57, Indyfan wrote:
Thanks, Hivemind...great work!
I think that pretty much sums it up! And you're right....that's very interesting that card "pips" are not referenced in Webster!

Websters New Unabridged dictionary does reference pips to the spots on cards.
Michaels
"Our technology is ahead of our humanity"
Albert Einstein
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Rings, strings & things » » Dice - What's the name of the "spots"? (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.15 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL