dike

2
[dahyk]
Related formsdik·ey, adjective, dik·i·er, dik·i·est.
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Examples from the Web for dikey

Historical Examples of dikey

  • The adikey or "dikey," as Bob called it, was a seamless garment to be drawn on over the head and worn instead of a coat.

    Ungava Bob

    Dillon Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for dikey

dike

noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of dyke 1
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Word Origin and History for dikey

dike

n.

Old English dic "trench, ditch; an earthwork with a trench; moat," from Proto-Germanic *dik- (cf. Old Norse diki "ditch, fishpond," Old Frisian dik "mound, dam," Middle Dutch dijc "mound, dam, pool," Dutch dijk "dam," German Deich "embankment"), from PIE root *dheigw- "to pierce, fasten" (cf. Sanskrit dehi- "wall," Old Persian dida "wall, stronghold, fortress," Persian diz).

At first "an excavation," later (late 15c.) applied to the resulting earth mound; a sense development paralleled by cognate forms in many other languages. This is the northern variant of the word that in the south of England yielded ditch (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dikey in Science

dike

[dīk]
  1. 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.
  2. An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods or to hold irrigation water in for agricultural purposes.
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