Definition of Spike

1. Noun. A transient variation in voltage or current.

Generic synonyms: Electrical Discharge



2. Verb. Stand in the way of.
Generic synonyms: Banish, Bar, Relegate

3. Noun. Sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes. "Spikes provide greater traction"
Specialized synonyms: Climber, Climbing Iron, Crampon, Crampoon, Piton, Pricket
Group relationships: Shoe
Generic synonyms: Sports Equipment

4. Verb. Pierce with a sharp stake or point. "Impale a shrimp on a skewer"
Exact synonyms: Empale, Impale, Transfix
Generic synonyms: Pierce, Thrust
Specialized synonyms: Pin, Spear
Derivative terms: Impalement

5. Noun. Fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn.
Exact synonyms: Capitulum, Ear
Group relationships: Corn, Indian Corn, Maize, Zea Mays
Specialized synonyms: Mealie
Generic synonyms: Fruit

6. Verb. Secure with spikes.
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure

7. Noun. (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis.
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Inflorescence
Terms within: Spadix

8. Verb. Bring forth a spike or spikes. "My hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"
Exact synonyms: Spike Out
Generic synonyms: Develop

9. Noun. A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline. "The seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
Generic synonyms: Rise

10. Verb. Add alcohol to (beverages). "The punch is spiked!"
Exact synonyms: Fortify, Lace
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Fortification, Lacing

11. Noun. A very high narrow heel on women's shoes.
Exact synonyms: Spike Heel, Stiletto Heel
Generic synonyms: Heel

12. Verb. Manifest a sharp increase. "The voltage spiked"
Generic synonyms: Increase

13. Noun. Each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves). "Golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
Specialized synonyms: Gaff
Generic synonyms: Point

14. Noun. A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur).
Generic synonyms: Projection

15. Noun. A long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal). "One of the spikes impaled him"
Generic synonyms: Implement

16. Noun. Any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object. "The spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
Exact synonyms: Spindle
Generic synonyms: Holding Device

17. Noun. A large stout nail. "They used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
Generic synonyms: Nail

Definition of Spike

1. n. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.

2. v. t. To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike down planks.

3. n. Spike lavender. See Lavender.

Definition of Spike

1. Proper noun. (non-gloss definition A male nickname.) ¹

2. Noun. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward. ¹

3. Noun. Anything resembling such a nail in shape. ¹

4. Noun. An ear of grain. ¹

5. Noun. (context: botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis. ¹

6. Noun. (''in plural'' '''spikes'''; ''informal'') Running shoes with spikes in the soles. ¹

7. Noun. A sharp peak in a graph. ¹

8. Noun. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block. ¹

9. Noun. (context: zoology) An adolescent male deer. ¹

10. Noun. a surge in power. ¹

11. Noun. (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse. ¹

12. Verb. To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances. ¹

13. Verb. To add a small amount of one substance to another. ¹

14. Verb. (volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block. ¹

15. Verb. (military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole. ¹

16. Verb. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spike

1. to fasten with a spike (a long, thick nail) [v SPIKED, SPIKING, SPIKES]

Medical Definition of Spike

1. An unbranched, indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are without stalks. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spike

spiggers
spight
spighted
spightful
spighting
spights
spignel
spignels
spignet
spignets
spigot
spigots
spigurnel
spigurnels
spik
spike (current term)
spike and wave complex
spike arrester
spike heath
spike heel
spike lavender
spike lavender oil
spike mike
spike moss
spike mosses
spike oil
spike out
spike potential
spike rush
spike someone's guns

Literary usage of Spike

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1. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"A wall of hurdle-work plastered over with mortar. West. spike-BIT. ... spike-POLE. A kind of rafter. West. SPIKING. A large nail. North. ..."

2. The People of the Abyss by Jack London (1903)
"CHAPTER IX THE spike The old. Spartans had a wiser method ; and went out and ... I have been to the spike, and slept in the spike, and eaten in the spike ..."

3. The People of the Abyss by Jack London (1903)
"CHAPTER IX THE spike The old Spartans had a wiser method; ... I have been to the spike, and slept in the spike, and eaten in the spike; also, ..."

4. The Cereals in America by Thomas Forsyth Hunt (1908)
"Number of spikelets in the spike of wheat. 2. Number of flowers in each ... Number of grains in the whole spike. 4. Determine the number and arrange weight ..."

5. The Cereals in America by Thomas Forsyth Hunt (1908)
"Number of spikelets in the spike of wheat. 2. Number of flowers in each ... Number of grains in the whole spike. 4. Determine the number and arrange weight ..."

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