Take a few moments and look around you. Can you see any object that has the shape of a rectangular box? This can be anything from a book to a box to a piece of furniture. This type of shape is called a cuboid, and it is the most common shape that we see in the world around us.
So, here we have provided some images of cuboid-shaped objects or examples of cuboids to demonstrate what the shape of a cuboid looks like. But before that, explore the definition and properties of a cuboid.
So, let’s start with the definition of a cuboid.
What Is a Cuboid?
A cuboid can be defined as a three-dimensional solid shape that has 12 edges, 8 vertices, and 6 faces and each of its faces is rectangular in shape. In a cuboid, all the angles formed are right angles. Three dimensions of a cuboid are length, width, and height.
We can see from the above image that the shape of a cuboid is formed when many congruent rectangles are placed one on top of the other.
Now, let’s learn the properties of a cuboid.
Properties of a Cuboid
The key properties of a cuboid help us to recognise a cuboid shape effortlessly. The properties are as follows:
All cuboids have six faces, eight vertices, and twelve edges.
All cuboids are three-dimensional; so, the dimensions are height, length, and width.
The sides of all the cuboids are rectangular in shape.
In a cuboid, all the angles formed are right angles.
All the faces are rectangular in shape.
In the cuboids, all the opposite edges are parallel to each other.
Often, a cube is confused with a cuboid as they share the same properties but they are different from each other. The main difference between a cube and a cuboid is the shape of their faces. A cuboid has 6 faces that are all rectangles while a cube has 6 square-shaped faces, such as dice.
Now, let’s find out what the shape of a cuboid looks like using some real-life examples.
A Few Real-life Examples of Cuboids
We have created a list of some real-life examples of cuboids. Check out the list and see whether you can find any of these when you’re out and try to see if you have got your own to add.
Books that are Cuboid-Shaped
A Cuboid-Shaped Mattress
A Tissue Box is Cuboid Shaped
From the below list, find out the object which is not a cuboid.
The Red Ball
Ans. The red ball. It is spherical in shape.
We hope that it is clear to you what the shape of a cuboid looks like. We have also provided some examples of a cuboid. Additionally, we hope to have helped you learn about the properties of a cuboid which are helpful while studying geometry.