1) A puzzle invented by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik that swept the world by storm in the early 1980s and continues to carry a steady following.

by Kevin Curran July 20, 2003

An awesome puzzle made from a number of small cubes ("cubies") slotted together around a pivot mechanism, which can allow rotation of the cubies. The classic 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube is three cubies in width, length and depth, although there are many other variants of the cube (e.g. 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x cubes as well as the "-minx" puzzles).

The cubies have coloured stickers on them: once they have been rotated to random points around the cube (via 'scrambling'), the object of the puzzle is to make each of the cube's faces all one colour, with all of the cubies correctly oriented.

There are a number of different formulae which can be used to solve the Rubik's Cube, using different combinations of rotations called algorithms. The beginners' one is the 'Layer Method,' which consists of solving 1 layer at a time. It is a simple but relatively slow method. Advanced methods, used by "Speedcubers," have more complex algorithms, but they can be used to solve the cube faster. Some of these methods include the 'Fridrich Method,' the 'Petrus Method,' and the 'Roux Method.'

The cubies have coloured stickers on them: once they have been rotated to random points around the cube (via 'scrambling'), the object of the puzzle is to make each of the cube's faces all one colour, with all of the cubies correctly oriented.

There are a number of different formulae which can be used to solve the Rubik's Cube, using different combinations of rotations called algorithms. The beginners' one is the 'Layer Method,' which consists of solving 1 layer at a time. It is a simple but relatively slow method. Advanced methods, used by "Speedcubers," have more complex algorithms, but they can be used to solve the cube faster. Some of these methods include the 'Fridrich Method,' the 'Petrus Method,' and the 'Roux Method.'

The current record for the fastest solve of the Rubik's Cube is 7.08 seconds, held by Erik Akkersdijk.

by AlphaNZ December 06, 2009

The Devil Reincarnate... torments people for hours at hand trying to fix the impossible to solve cube.

by Cren February 16, 2007

A toy that became very popular in the 1980's. You twist and turn the cube until its all jumbled up. Then you try and solve it and after 5 minuets, you get mad, throw it in your closet, and move on. It's still popular to this day.

by Skrilla6699 September 25, 2007

When you buy one, take a good fucking look at it because you will NEVER (and I fucking mean EVER) see it like that again. 300,000,000 (three hundred million) have been sold worldwide since 1980 (100,000,000 from '80-'82), making it the best selling individual toy ever. David Singmaster and Alexander Frey developed a way to solve the puzzle in 25 moves (using computers). It is probably the only puzzle-toy that people have written books about (including the one written by a 12 year old boy that sold 1.5 million copies). Frank Morris holds the record for the fast solving: 15 seconds flat!

The Rubik's cube has been said to have billions of numbers of combinations. But it has also been said to have 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 combinations (I didn't make that up!). How does anyone comprehend that number?!?!

The Rubik's cube is why my sister committed suicide.

The Rubik's cube is why my sister committed suicide.

by JamesF1987 October 15, 2007

A puzzle made famous in the 80's, died out in the 90's due to video games, and resurfaced in the 00's when the internet gave solutions. Rubik's brand cube's are known to be the worst 3x3 cubes available. They are stiff and hard to turn. Independent companies (mainly chinese) make DIY cubes. These are smooth, fast, and are what "cubers" use (people who solve the cube). The Rubik's Cube is the hardest thing to do solo, but the easiest to do with a tutorial. Don't believe anyone who says they solved it in under 2 months with no help. The Fridrich Method (CFOP) is the most popular and fastest method out. The current world record and world record average use this method. The WCA (like the NBA, but for cubes) keeps track of every solve ever done in a competition. Current world record is 7.08 seconds, and average of 5 solves is 8.54. You don't have to be smart to learn to solve it, but you have to be determined, like juggling.

David: I can solve the Rubik's cube in under 17 seconds every time.

Non-cuber: NO WAI, LYKE HOWWS DO YOU DO IT TEACH ME!!I ALWAYS PEEL THE STICKERS OFF!!!111!ONE

David: *facepalm*

Non-cuber: NO WAI, LYKE HOWWS DO YOU DO IT TEACH ME!!I ALWAYS PEEL THE STICKERS OFF!!!111!ONE

David: *facepalm*

by Machanga October 08, 2010

A puzzle cube that was created by Hungarian sculptor Erno Rubik. There are exactly 43,252,003,274,489,855,999 different scrambles for a Rubik's Cube, and 1 configuration that is right.

There are many different sizes of Rubik's Cube, and the statistic above is from a 3x3x3.

There are many different sizes of Rubik's Cube, and the statistic above is from a 3x3x3.

Matt: Hey, Max!

Max: Hi, Matt, can you solve my Rubik's Cube?

Matt: Well, I dunno--YES! (solves in 2 minutes)

Max: WOW! You are amazing, Matt.

Matt: Thanks. Now I have to show someone how to eat a cupcake the right way.

Max: Hi, Matt, can you solve my Rubik's Cube?

Matt: Well, I dunno--YES! (solves in 2 minutes)

Max: WOW! You are amazing, Matt.

Matt: Thanks. Now I have to show someone how to eat a cupcake the right way.

by Matt11111 January 03, 2014

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