A dike alongside a canal.
- 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 of dikeMiddle 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
- 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.
transitive verbdiked diked, dik·ing, dikes also dyked or dyk·ing or dykes
- To protect, enclose, or provide with a dike.
- To drain with dikes or ditches.
Origin of dikeMiddle English, from Old English dīc, trench; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots, and from Old Norse dīki, ditch.
mafic dikes (the darker rock) in a mountain of granodiorite
- (UK) Archaic spelling of all (UK) meanings of dyke.
- A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
- (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
- (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
(third-person singular simple present dikes, present participle diking, simple past and past participle diked)
- To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
- To drain by a dike or ditch.
From Middle English.
From Ancient Greek Δίκη (Dikē, literally “Justice, Order, Judgement”).
- Alternative spelling of Dikê.
From Ancient Greek Δίκη (Dikē).