American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods.
- n. Chiefly British A low wall, often of sod, dividing or enclosing lands.
- n. A barrier blocking a passage, especially for protection.
- n. A raised causeway.
- n. A ditch; a channel.
- n. Geology A long mass of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjacent rock.
- v. To protect, enclose, or provide with a dike.
- v. To drain with dikes or ditches.
- n. Offensive Slang Variant of dyke2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A channel for water made by digging; a ditch; a moat. See ditch.
- n. A small pond or pool.
- n. A ridge or bank of earth thrown up in excavating canal or a ditch; specifically, such a ridge or bank thrown up to prevent low lands from being overflowed; a continuous dam confining or restraining the waters of a stream or of the sea: as, the Netherlands are defended from the sea by dikes.
- n. A low wall or fence of stone or turf, dividing or inclosing fields, etc. A dry dike is such a wall built without mortar. See fail-dike.
- n. In geology, a fissure in rocks filled with material which has found its way into it while melted, or when brought by some other means into a fluid or semi-fluid condition. Most dikes are, in fact, filled with lava or some form of eruptive rock. A dike differs from a vein in that the latter has been slowly filled by agencies either identical with or allied in character to those ordinarily designated by the term metamorphic, while the former has, in most cases at least, been rapidly filled, so that it consists essentially of the same material through from one side to the other, and at all depths. A mineral vein or lode, on the other hand, may differ very greatly in its contents in various parts, in width as well as in depth.
- To make a ditch; dig; delve. See dig.
- To dig; dig out; excavate. See dig.
- To inclose with a ditch or with ditches.
- To furnish with a dike; inclose, restrain, or protect by an embankment: as, to dike a river; to dike a tract of land.
- To surround with a stone wall.
- n. UK The northern English form of ditch.
- n. A ditch and bank running alongside each other.
- n. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
- n. pejorative A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
- n. geology A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
- v. To erect a dike.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A ditch; a channel for water made by digging.
- n. An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee.
- n. Scot. A wall of turf or stone.
- n. (Geol.) A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata.
- v. To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
- v. To drain by a dike or ditch.
- v. obsolete To work as a ditcher; to dig.
- v. enclose with a dike
- n. a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
- n. (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
- Middle English (Northern) dik, dike, from Old Norse díki 'ditch, dike'. More at and doublet of ditch. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English dīc, trench. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Heavy rain can pour into the lake six times faster than it can be drained and at certain levels, the Corps of Engineers says, the dike is almost certain to fail.”
“If their fingers slip from the hole in dike and the flood waters pour in, we may be left with no functioning schools, not just poorly funded and performing ones.”
“Rush Limbaugh referred - used the word dike when talking about flooding in North Dakota.”
“A fissure in the rock affords convenient space for a flight of steps descending gradually to the "dike" -- the local name for the embankment made at the foot of the cliffs to keep the Loire in its bed, and serve as a causeway for the highroad from”
“But numbers and political realities are one thing, the heat Steele took from GOP hardliners who like things just the way they are, and think that the way to shore up the floodwaters is to keep sticking there fingers in the hole in the dike is another.”
“The property is bisected by an immense straight dike, which is called the Middle Wash, and which is so sluggish, so straight, so ugly, and so deep, as to impress the mind of a stranger with the ideas of suicide.”
“You have heard from folks from North Dakota and Minnesota that this river can break a dike, but it cannot break the human spirit.”
“However, Shuster raged to guests Matt Lewis and Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis: "Rush Limbaugh referred, used the word dike when talking about flooding in North Dakota.”
“Parallel to the steps leading up the dike was a yellow strip of metal with arrows to indicate the levels of past floods.”
“Engineers are also thinking of raising the dike, which is up to 25 feet tall; while it held against the floods, some mud splashed over the top.”
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