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mike1

[mahyk] /maɪk/
noun
1.
Also, mic. Informal. microphone.
verb (used with object), miked, miking.
2.
Informal. to supply or amplify with one or more microphones; attach a microphone to:
to mike a singer.
verb (used without object), miked, miking.
3.
Informal. to use or position a microphone:
to mike properly when recording a singer.
Idioms
4.
drop the mike, Informal. mic (def 2).
Origin of mike1
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; by shortening and respelling

mike2

[mahyk] /maɪk/
noun
1.
a forklike support for a light cannon on a sailing ship.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; perhaps < Middle Dutch micke forked instrument

mike3

[mahyk] /maɪk/ British Slang.
noun
1.
loafing; idling.
verb (used without object), miked, miking.
2.
to loaf.
Origin
First recorded in 1815-25; origin uncertain

mike4

[mahyk] /maɪk/
noun
1.
micrometer1 (def 2).
verb (used with object), miked, miking.
2.
to measure with a micrometer.
Origin
by shortening and respelling of micrometer1

Mike

[mahyk] /maɪk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Michael.
2.
(lowercase) a word used in communications to represent the letter M.

Mansfield

[manz-feeld] /ˈmænzˌfild/
noun
1.
Katherine (Kathleen Beauchamp Murry) 1888–1923, English short-story writer.
2.
Michael Joseph ("Mike") 1903–2001, U.S. politician: senator 1953–77.
3.
Richard, 1857–1907, U.S. actor, born in Germany.
4.
Mount, a mountain in N Vermont: highest peak of the Green Mountains, 4393 feet (1339 meters).
5.
a city in W Nottinghamshire, in central England.
6.
a city in N Ohio.
7.
a town in N Connecticut.
8.
a town in SE Massachusetts.

Schmidt

[shmit] /ʃmɪt/
noun
1.
Helmut (Heinrich Waldemar)
[hel-moo t hahyn-rik vahl-duh-mahr;; German hel-moot hahyn-rikh vahl-duh-mahr] /ˈhɛl mʊt ˈhaɪn rɪk ˈvɑl dəˌmɑr;; German ˈhɛl mut ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈvɑl dəˌmɑr/ (Show IPA),
born 1918, West German political leader: chancellor 1974–82.
2.
Michael Jack ("Mike") born 1949, U.S. baseball player.

Tyson

[tahy-suh n] /ˈtaɪ sən/
noun
1.
Michael Gerald ("Mike"; "Iron Mike") born 1966, U.S. boxer.
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Examples from the Web for mike
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  • He was mike Gaynor, a trainer, and more than once Porter had stood his friend.

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  • On mike's face was a map of disaster; the disaster might be trivial or great.

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  • May we see the horses, mike—are they having their lie-down, or anything?

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  • They visited all the other stalls, eight of them, and listened to mike's eulogies on the inmates.

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  • "Miss Porter'll tell ye about this wan," said mike, diplomatically.

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British Dictionary definitions for mike

mike

/maɪk/
noun
1.
(informal) short for microphone See also mike up

Mike

/maɪk/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter m

Mansfield1

/ˈmænsˌfiːld/
noun
1.
a town in central England, in W Nottinghamshire: former coal-mining and cotton-textiles industries. Pop: 69 987 (2001)

Mansfield2

/ˈmænsˌfiːld/
noun
1.
Katherine, real name Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp. 1888–1923, British writer, born in New Zealand, noted for her short stories, such as those in Bliss (1920) and The Garden Party (1922)

Schmidt

/ʃmɪt/
noun
1.
Helmut (Heinrich Waldemar) (ˈhɛlmuːt). born 1918, German Social Democrat statesman; chancellor of West Germany (1974–82)

Tyson

/ˈtaɪsən/
noun
1.
Mike. born 1966, US boxer. World heavyweight champion (1986–90, and 1996): jailed for rape (1992–95) and assault (1999); banned from professional boxing (1997–98) after biting off part of his opponent's ear
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Word Origin and History for mike

Schmidt

type of astronomical telescope lens used for photography, 1939, from Estonian-born German optician Bernhard Voldemar Schmidt (1879-1935), who invented it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mike

mike

noun

  1. A microphone (1927+)
  2. A Mikado engine, a type of locomotive having eight drive wheels, produced in the 1890s for the Japanese state railroad and also used in the US (1950s+ Railroad)
  3. microgram; a millionth of a gram: I feel like I've been up on 300 mikes of acid (1970+)

verb

To amplify with a microphone: The club was so small they decided not to mike the show

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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