Rice is a kind of plant, as well as the grain that comes from it. At some Chinese restaurants, you get a choice between white rice and brown rice.

White rice is processed or "polished," so the outer germ is removed — it's a staple of Chinese and Indian cuisine, among others. There are many varieties of rice, defined by the color and length of the individual grain. When rice is a verb, it means "force through a sieve," or in other words, to take something like a potato and make it look like rice. We can trace the origin of rice back to the Sanskrit vrihi-s.

Definitions of rice
  1. noun
    annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
    see moresee less
    Oryza sativa, cultivated rice
    yields the staple food of 50 percent of world's population
    type of:
    cereal, cereal grass
    grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
  2. noun
    grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished
    see moresee less
    brown rice
    unpolished rice retaining the yellowish-brown outer layer
    polished rice, white rice
    having husk or outer brown layers removed
    rice in the husk either gathered or still in the field
    type of:
    foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
    cereal, food grain, grain
    foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
  3. verb
    sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice
    rice the potatoes”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    sieve, sift, strain
    separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week