Spike meaning

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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.

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A young mackerel of small size, usually 15 centimeters (6 inches) or less in length.
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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.

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A pair of spike heels.
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A spikelike part or projection, as:
  • A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall.
  • A thin, sharp-pointed vertical rod for impaling papers; a spindle.
  • An elongate unbranched inflorescence with sessile flowers.
  • A thorn or spine.
  • A tuft of hair that is stiffened, as with hair spray or soap, into a point.
  • (slang) A hypodermic needle.
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To put an end to; terminate.

Spike a rumor.

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(zoology) An adolescent male deer.
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An unbranched antler of a young deer.
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To impale, pierce, or injure with a spike.
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To injure with spiked shoes, especially when sliding in baseball.
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To render (a muzzleloading gun) useless by driving a spike into the vent.
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To manifest or undergo a sudden increase in (something) followed by a sharp decrease.

Spike a high fever.

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To manifest or undergo a sudden increase followed by a sharp decrease.

Traffic to the website spiked after the scandal broke.

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An ear of grain, as of wheat.
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(botany) A usually elongated, unbranched inflorescence with stalkless flowers arranged along an axis.
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A long, heavy nail.
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A sharp-pointed part or projection, usually slender and of metal, as along the top of an iron fence, etc.
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Any long, slender, pointed object, as the unbranched antler of a young deer.
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A young mackerel not more than six inches long.
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A sudden, rapid rise in something measurable, as blood pressure.
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To fasten or fit with or as with a spike or spikes.
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To mark, pierce, cut, etc. with a spike or spikes, or impale on a spike.
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(historical) To make (a cannon) unusable by driving a spike into the touchhole.
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To thwart, frustrate, or block (a scheme, etc.)
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(informal) To add a substance, as a narcotic or other drug, to (a drink, food, etc.); specif., to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink)
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(baseball) To injure with the spikes on one's shoes.
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(football) To throw (the football) to the ground, esp. in celebration of scoring a touchdown.
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(volleyball) To leap into the air while close to the net and slam (the ball) into the opponents' court.
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To rise suddenly and rapidly.
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An ear of grain.
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An unbranched flower cluster with stalkless flowers attached directly to the central axis.
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(1) A sudden burst of extra voltage in a power line that lasts only a few nanoseconds. See power surge, power swell, sag and surge suppression.
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A voltage fluctuation of very short duration, but very high voltage. See also surge and voltage.
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A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward/outward.
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Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
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An ear of corn or grain.
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(botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
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(in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
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A sharp peak in a graph.
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(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.
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A surge in power.
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(slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
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Spike lavender.

Oil of spike.

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To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into a drink.

She spiked my lemonade with vodka!

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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.

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(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.
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(military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
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(journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
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To increase sharply.

Traffic accidents spiked in December when there was ice on the roads.

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To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails.

To spike down planks.

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To set or furnish with spikes.
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To fix on a spike.

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An elongated indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are attached directly to a common stem, rather than borne on individual stalks arising from the stem. The gladiolus produces spikes. The distinctive spikes of grasses such as wheat or barley are known as spikelets.
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hang up one's spikes
  • to retire, as from a professional sport
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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 spÄ«ca "ear of grain"

    From Wiktionary