As part of the cubing community, you will probably encounter some of these **cubing terms**. It is important to know what they mean.

## Cubing termsEdit

**+2:**A penalty for various actions in cube competitions, enforced by the WCA. Adds 2 seconds to the solving time.**Algorithm:**A set of moves that is designed to do something useful.**Average of 5 (Ao5):**The official format for WCA competitions, the average of 5 solves. Higher averages (i.e. Ao12) also exist.

**Bandaging:**The property that some turns may not be possible in certain situations.

**Bandaging (mod):**A modification of a puzzle created by attaching two pieces together so that they can't be separated, resulting in bandaging.**Blind Solve (BLD):**A solve of a puzzle while blindfolded.

**Center piece:**A piece that is in the center of a face*OR*a piece that acts as a center of rotation.

**Commutator:**An algorithm constructed from two smaller algorithms A and B, which consists of A, B, undoing A, then undoing B. An example is R U L F U' R' F' L'.

**Conjugate:**An algorithm constructed from two smaller algorithms A and B, which consists of A, B, and then undoing A. An example is R U L F U' R'

**Corner piece:**A piece that is at the intersection of multiple cuts.**Cubies:**Pieces of a cube.**Did Not Finish (DNF):**The result of an incomplete solve - that is, when the timer was stopped, the puzzle isn't solved.**Did Not Start (DNS):**The result of a solve where the timer wasn't started. Considered the worst possible "solving time".

**Edge piece:**A piece that is at the intersection of two cuts.

**Jumbling:**Bandaging caused by mixup.

**Mixup:**The property that two different types of pieces can be interchanged.

**Parity:**A state where when a puzzle is reduced to a smaller puzzle, the resulting position is impossible on that smaller puzzle.**Piece:**One of the parts that make up a twisty puzzle.

**Scrambled:**A puzzle that is not solved

**Shape mod:**A puzzle that has the same mechanism as another puzzle but looks different.

**Shapeshifting:**When a puzzle changes shape from what shape it is normally.

**Sticker mod:**A puzzle that is the same as another except for stickers.

**Slice Turn:**A turn of the middle of the puzzle

**Sune**(pronounced Soon-ee)**:**The algorithm R U R' U R U2 R'

**Supercube:**A puzzle where center orientation matters.

**WCA puzzle:**One of the eleven puzzles supported by the World Cube Association: 2x2x2 (Pocket Cube), 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6, 7x7x7, Pyraminx, Megaminx, Skewb, Square-1, or Rubik's Clock