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cube out

To fill the entirety of a storage area or space with boxes or cube-shaped containers, especially when they fit perfectly together without leaving any gaps. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cube" and "out." Ideally, you'd want to cube the pallets out before wrapping them up to avoid things shifting around during transport. We want the boxes to be as densely packed as possible when cubing out our cargo ships. We aren't paying to ship air, after all.
See also: cube, out

ice cube

A small piece of ice molded into a cube shape. Ice cubes are often added to drinks to keep them cold. Hey, can you throw a couple of ice cubes in my drink here? I'm just wrapping up a few ice cubes so you can put them on your injured knee.
See also: cube, ice
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1. n. a very square person. This nerd was the most unbelievable cube you have ever seen.
2. n. a die, one of a pair of dice. (Usually in the plural.) She shook the cubes, saying, “Baby needs shoes!”
3. n. a sugar cube impregnated with LSD. (Drugs. Often in the plural.) First they took it on cubes. Then on little bits of paper.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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All you need to know about beginning speed cubing, or the art of solving the cube as fast as possible, is documented throughout the pages of the site, from cube reviews, to notations and algorithms, to step-by-step instructions, example solves, and video tutorials.
With a cubing system one can pack everything from a single outbound box on up to the entire warehouse far more efficiently and easily.
Two basic types of cubing systems are offered by suppliers: static systems and in-motion (or inline) systems.
To varying degrees, all of the major express carriers have installed highspeed cubing and weighing systems in their DCs, says Hendricks.
By using a cubing system to dimension the shipper's outbound payload, the carrier can compare a tariff based on dimensions to a traditional weight-based tariff and apply the higher rate.
Quantronix' Anderson notes how Japan Air Lines (JAL) cargo planes "had been bulking out before they reached their maximum weight." A single cubing and weighing system was installed at JAL.
Carriers using cubing technology typically recover $300,000 or more annually per dimensioning/weighing unit, Hendricks notes.
Carriers thus are embracing use of cubing technology more and more.
"Without automated cubing technology," says Quantronix president Clark P.
Bean, "use cubing systems so they know exactly what their shipping costs will be when they send out bills to their online and phone customers, rather than guessing at carrier rates."
Costs for cubing systems start at just under $10,000 for a single static system for dimensioning and weighing.