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spike

spike - Dictionary definition and meaning for word spike

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(noun) a transient variation in voltage or current
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(noun) sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
Example Sentence
  • spikes provide greater traction

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(noun) fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
Synonyms : capitulum , ear

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(noun) (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
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(noun) a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
Example Sentence
  • the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor

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(noun) a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
Synonyms : spike heel , stiletto heel

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(noun) each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
Example Sentence
  • the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game
  • golfers' spikes damage the putting greens

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(noun) a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
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(noun) a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
Example Sentence
  • one of the spikes impaled him

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(noun) any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
Synonyms : spindle
Example Sentence
  • the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order

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(noun) a large stout nail
Example Sentence
  • they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie

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(verb) stand in the way of
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(verb) pierce with a sharp stake or point
Synonyms : empale , impale , transfix
Example Sentence
  • impale a shrimp on a skewer

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(verb) secure with spikes
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(verb) bring forth a spike or spikes
Synonyms : spike out
Example Sentence
  • my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now

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(verb) add alcohol to (beverages)
Synonyms : fortify , lace
Example Sentence
  • the punch is spiked!

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(verb) manifest a sharp increase
Example Sentence
  • the voltage spiked

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