Spike Definition

spīk
spiked, spikes, spiking
noun
spikes
A sharp-pointed part or projection, usually slender and of metal, as along the top of an iron fence, etc.
Webster's New World
A long, heavy nail.
Webster's New World
A spikelike part or projection, as:
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
A pair of such shoes.
Webster's New World
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verb
spiked, spikes, spiking
To secure or provide with a spike.
American Heritage
To rise suddenly and rapidly.
Webster's New World
To fasten or fit with or as with a spike or spikes.
Webster's New World
To mark, pierce, cut, etc. with a spike or spikes, or impale on a spike.
Webster's New World
To put an end to; terminate.
Spike a rumor.
American Heritage
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pronoun
Wiktionary
idiom
hang up one's spikes
  • to retire, as from a professional sport
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Spike

Noun

Singular:
spike
Plural:
spikes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Spike

  • hang up one's spikes

Origin of Spike

  • Middle English from Old Norse spīk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin spīca

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin spīca "ear of grain"

    From Wiktionary

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