# Thread: sides of a cube

1. ## sides of a cube

hi,
there are 6 sides on a cube.
how do you call each one of them?
left, right, front, back, top and bottom sides?
is it the same for any tridimensional object, like a TV or a telephone?
can I say "there is a compartment for the batteries on the bottom side of the laptop"?
thanks.

2. ## Re: sides of a cube

Originally Posted by jctgf
hi,
there are 6 sides on a cube.
how do you call each one of them?
left, right, front, back, top and bottom sides?
is it the same for any tridimensional object, like a TV or a telephone?
can I say "there is a compartment for the batteries on the bottom side of the laptop"?
thanks.
The top and the bottom aren't normally called sides.
"The battery compartment is on the bottom of the laptop"

3. ## Re: sides of a cube

Originally Posted by Raymott
The top and the bottom aren't normally called sides.
"The battery compartment is on the bottom of the laptop"
hi,
thanks.
as to the ''front'' and ''back'' sides. is this the right way to say it?
does tridimensional objects have ''sides'' or ''surfaces''?
thanks again.

4. ## Re: sides of a cube

You could call top/bottom/left/right side/face of a cube

not a teacher

5. ## Re: sides of a cube

Originally Posted by jctgf
hi,
thanks.
as to the ''front'' and ''back'' sides. is this the right way to say it?
does tridimensional objects have ''sides'' or ''surfaces''?
thanks again.
Actually, I was almost going to amend my last post, to say that front and back are not usually referred to as "sides" either.
"The printer port is at the back of the laptop"
Only the right and left sides of an object are usually referred to as "sides".
"Surfaces" can be used for flat things like a piece of paper, which sometimes has a front surface and a back (or reverse surface). "Surfaces" is a common way to refer to a complex solid object, and can be named, eg. the North-East surface (or face) of Mt. Everest.

6. ## Re: sides of a cube

There's also the word "face", usually used of regular (crystalline?) solids: a cube has six faces; a tetrahedron has four faces. But a globe has a curved surface, and a boulder has a rough surface.

There's a less common sense of "face" used in mountaineering: 'There are not many people who have succeded in climbing the North face of the Eiger'.

b

7. ## Re: sides of a cube

thanks a lot.
so, the most natural way to say is "the faces of a cube" or "the faces of a dice"?
is that how a native would say it usually?
thanks.

8. ## Re: sides of a cube

That's the way I'd say it. I've heard 'sides', but whenever people talk about "sides of a dice" I wonder whether they mean faces (6) or edges (12).

b

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