- an embankment for controlling or holding back the waters of the sea or a river: They built a temporary dike of sandbags to keep the river from flooding the town.
- a ditch.
- a bank of earth formed of material being excavated.
- a causeway.
- British Dialect. a low wall or fence, especially of earth or stone, for dividing or enclosing land.
- an obstacle; barrier.
- a long, narrow, cross-cutting mass of igneous rock intruded into a fissure in older rock.
- a similar mass of rock composed of other kinds of material, as sandstone.
- Australian Slang. a urinal.
- to furnish or drain with a dike.
- to enclose, restrain, or protect by a dike: to dike a tract of land.
Origin of dike1
Examples from the Web for diking
Such grounds are the foundation or starting point of the process of diking.Man and Nature
George P. Marsh
Almost instantly a breach began to appear, under the attack of a dozen diking spades wielded with feverish energy.
Next day Will and Ted armed themselves with diking spades, and set to work determinedly.
The cost of preparation and planting where diking has not been necessary has seldom been more than $100 per acre.Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:
F. M. Hexamer
By diking out the sea the peasants farmed the marsh lands and saved themselves the trouble of clearing the forests.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
- a variant spelling of dyke 1
Word Origin and History for diking
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.).
- 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.