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- Brit., Dialectal
- a ditch or watercourse
- the bank of earth thrown up in digging a ditch
- an embankment or dam made to prevent flooding by the sea or by a river
- a protective barrier or obstacle
- Scot. a low dividing wall of earth or stone
- Archaic a raised causeway
- Geol. igneous rock that solidified as a tabular body in a more or less vertical fissure
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English dic and amp; Old Norse diki, akin to ditch, Dutch dijk, German deich ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhēigw-, an unverified form dhīgw-, to pierce, fasten from source Classical Latin figere, fix
- dikey adjective
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- a. An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods.b. Chiefly British A low wall, often of sod, dividing or enclosing lands.
- A barrier blocking a passage, especially for protection.
- A raised causeway.
- A ditch; a channel.
- Geology A long mass of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjacent rock.
- To protect, enclose, or provide with a dike.
- To drain with dikes or ditches.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English dīc, trench; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots, and from Old Norse dīki, ditch.
- dikˈer noun
noun Offensive Slang
dike - Science Definition
- A body of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjoining rock, usually as a result of the intrusion of magma. Dikes are often of a different composition from the rock they cut across. They are usually on the order of centimeters to meters across and up to tens of kilometers long. See illustration at batholith.
- An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods or to hold irrigation water in for agricultural purposes.
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