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dike

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or dyke

[ dahyk ]
/ daɪk /
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noun
verb (used with object), diked, dik·ing.
to furnish or drain with a dike.
to enclose, restrain, or protect by a dike: to dike a tract of land.
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Origin of dike

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before 900; Middle English dik(e), Old English dīc<Old Norse dīki; akin to ditch

OTHER WORDS FROM dike

diker, nounun·diked, adjective

Other definitions for dike (2 of 2)

dike2
[ dahyk ]
/ daɪk /

noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

OTHER WORDS FROM dike

dikey, adjective, dik·i·er, dik·i·est.
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British Dictionary definitions for dike

dike
/ (daɪk) /

noun, verb
a variant spelling of dyke 1
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Scientific definitions for dike

dike
[ dīk ]

A body of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjoining rock, usually as a result of the intrusion of magma. Dikes are often of a different composition from the rock they cut across. They are usually on the order of centimeters to meters across and up to tens of kilometers long. See illustration at batholith.
An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods or to hold irrigation water in for agricultural purposes.
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