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mike1

[mahyk]
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noun
  1. Also mic. Informal. microphone.
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verb (used with object), miked, mik·ing.
  1. Informal. to supply or amplify with one or more microphones; attach a microphone to: to mike a singer.
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verb (used without object), miked, mik·ing.
  1. Informal. to use or position a microphone: to mike properly when recording a singer.
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Idioms
  1. drop the mike, Informal. mic(def 2).
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Origin of mike1

First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening and respelling

mike2

[mahyk]
noun
  1. a forklike support for a light cannon on a sailing ship.
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Origin of mike2

1300–50; Middle English; perhaps < Middle Dutch micke forked instrument

mike3

[mahyk]British Slang.
noun
  1. loafing; idling.
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verb (used without object), miked, mik·ing.
  1. to loaf.
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Origin of mike3

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain

mike4

[mahyk]
noun
  1. micrometer1(def 2).
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verb (used with object), miked, mik·ing.
  1. to measure with a micrometer.
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Origin of mike4

by shortening and respelling of micrometer1

Mike

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

[manz-feeld]
noun
  1. KatherineKathleen Beauchamp Murry, 1888–1923, English short-story writer.
  2. Michael JosephMike, 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.
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Schmidt

[shmit]
noun
  1. Hel·mut (Hein·rich Wal·de·mar) [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/, born 1918, West German political leader: chancellor 1974–82.
  2. Michael JackMike, born 1949, U.S. baseball player.
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Tyson

[tahy-suh n]
noun
  1. Michael GeraldMikeIron Mike, born 1966, U.S. boxer.
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  • He was Mike Gaynor, a trainer, and more than once Porter had stood his friend.

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    W. A. Fraser

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

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Shandy's escapade with Diablo had brought a new trouble to Mike Gaynor.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • "Yer arm's broke," said Mike, passing to Mortimer's right side.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • "He's just bad, ma'am," Carter was saying, as Mike reached the steps.

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    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for mike

mike

noun
  1. informal short for microphone See also mike up
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Mike

noun
  1. communications a code word for the letter m
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Mansfield1

noun
  1. a town in central England, in W Nottinghamshire: former coal-mining and cotton-textiles industries. Pop: 69 987 (2001)
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Mansfield2

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)
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Schmidt

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

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.

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