- The definition of a spike is a piece of something that is thick and long with a pointed and sharp end, usually made of metal.
An example of a spike is a cleat on the bottom of a golf shoe.
- To spike is defined as to secure or stab with a long, thick object with a sharp and pointed end or to add alcohol to a drink.
- An example of to spike is to secure a tent to the ground with a stake.
- An example of to spike is to add vodka to the punch.
- a long, heavy nail
- a sharp-pointed part or projection, usually slender and of metal, as along the top of an iron fence, etc.
- any long, slender, pointed object, as the unbranched antler of a young deer
- any of a number of sharp or pointed metal projections on the soles, and often on the heels, of shoes used for baseball, golf, track, etc. to prevent slipping
- a pair of such shoes
- a high, very thin heel on a woman's shoealso spike heel
- ☆ a young mackerel not more than six inches long
- a transient wave or variation in potential difference that propagates along a nerve axon
- a graphic recording or tracing of this, as any of the jagged peaks in an electroencephalogram
- a sudden, rapid rise, as in blood pressure
Origin of spikeMiddle English ; from Old Norse spīkr, a nail, spike, or ; from Middle Dutch and amp; Middle Low German spīker, both ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)ei-, sharp, pointed splinter from source spit, spoke, Classical Latin spica, ear of grain, spina, spine
transitive verbspiked, spiking
- to fasten or fit with or as with a spike or spikes
- to mark, pierce, cut, etc. with a spike or spikes, or impale on a spike
- to make (a cannon) unusable by driving a spike into the touchhole
- to cause to rise suddenly and rapidly
- to thwart, frustrate, or block (a scheme, etc.)
- ☆ Slang to add a substance, as a narcotic or other drug, to (a drink, food, etc.); specif., to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink)
- Baseball to injure with the spikes on one's shoes
- Football to throw (the football) to the ground, esp. in celebration of scoring a touchdown
- ☆ Volleyball to leap into the air while close to the net and smash (the ball) into the opponents' court
hang up one's spikes
- an ear of grain
- an unbranched flower cluster with stalkless flowers attached directly to the central axis
Origin of spikeMiddle English spik ; from Classical Latin spica: see spike
- a. A long, thick, sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal.b. A heavy nail.
- A spikelike part or projection, as:a. A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall.b. A thin, sharp-pointed vertical rod for impaling papers; a spindle.c. An elongate unbranched inflorescence with sessile flowers.d. A thorn or spine.e. A tuft of hair that is stiffened, as with hair spray or soap, into a point.f. Slang A hypodermic needle.
- a. One of several sharp metal projections set in the sole or in the sole and heel of an athletic shoe for grip.b. spikes A pair of athletic shoes having such projections.
- spikes A pair of spike heels.
- An unbranched antler of a young deer.
- A young mackerel of small size, usually 15 centimeters (6 inches) or less in length.
- a. A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline in a graph or in the tracing of a scientific instrument.b. A sharp momentary increase in voltage or electric current.c. A sudden steep increase in prices.
- a. Sports The act of driving a volleyball at a sharp angle into the opponent's court by jumping near the net and hitting the ball down hard from above.b. Football The act of slamming the ball to the ground after succeeding in an important play, as after scoring a touchdown.c. Football The act of deliberately throwing the ball to the ground as an incomplete pass in order to stop the game clock.
verbspiked spiked, spik·ing, spikes
- a. To secure or provide with a spike.b. To shape into spikes.
- To impale, pierce, or injure with a spike.
- To injure with spiked shoes, especially when sliding in baseball.
- To put an end to; terminate: spike a rumor.
- Informal a. To add alcoholic liquor to: spiked the punch with rum.b. To add a poison or other chemical to: a drink spiked with barbiturates.c. To add flavor or spice to: “several herb vinegars, including one &ellipsis; spiked with colorful chive blossoms” (New England Living).d. To add excitement or vitality to: spiked the speech with many jokes.
- a. Sports To hit (a volleyball) in a spike.b. Football To throw (the ball) to the ground in a spike.
- To render (a muzzleloading gun) useless by driving a spike into the vent.
- To manifest or undergo a sudden increase in (something) followed by a sharp decrease: spike a high fever.
Origin of spikeMiddle English, from Old Norse spīk.
- An ear of grain, as of wheat.
- Botany A usually elongated, unbranched inflorescence with stalkless flowers arranged along an axis.
Origin of spikeMiddle English, from Latin spīca.
- A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward/outward.
- Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
- An ear of corn or grain.
- (botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
- (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
- A sharp peak in a graph.
- (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.
- (zoology) An adolescent male deer.
- a surge in power.
- (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
- spike lavender
- oil of spike
(third-person singular simple present spikes, present participle spiking, simple past and past participle spiked)
- To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into a drink.
- She spiked my lemonade with vodka!
- To add a small amount of one substance to another.
- The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.
- (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.
- (military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
- (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
- To increase sharply.
- Traffic accidents spiked in December when there was ice on the roads.
- To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails.
- to spike down planks
- To set or furnish with spikes.
- To fix on a spike.
From Latin spīca "ear of grain"