verb (used with object), spiked, spik·ing.
- to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink).
- to add (a chemical, poison, or other substance) to: The cocoa was spiked with cyanide.
verb (used without object), spiked, spik·ing.
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Idioms for spike
Origin of spike1
OTHER WORDS FROM spikespikelike, adjective
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Definition for spike (2 of 2)
Origin of spike2
Example sentences from the Web for spike
It’s clear that there’s a big spike in unidentified search terms starting September 2nd.How much does Google’s new search term filtering affect ad spend transparency? Here’s how to find out|Frederick Vallaeys|September 16, 2020|Search Engine Land
In July, Disney World reopened amid a spike in Florida coronavirus cases.How the coronavirus outbreak is roiling the film and entertainment industries|Alissa Wilkinson|September 11, 2020|Vox
Some other potential coronavirus vaccines now in testing use human adenoviruses to carry the spike protein.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means|Aimee Cunningham|September 9, 2020|Science News
Fryer said he was also struck to find that investigations not sparked by viral incidents also did not produce spikes in violent crime.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?|by Alec MacGillis|September 3, 2020|ProPublica
This is why in the lab, neural spikes are usually recorded offline and processed using computers, rather than with on-board electronics.Neuralink’s Wildly Anticipated New Brain Implant: the Hype vs. the Science|Shelly Fan|September 1, 2020|Singularity Hub
In a famous rant, Spike Lee blamed hipsters for the gentrication of his old neighborhood in Brooklyn.
On Friday evening, a crowd of Hollywood luminaries gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spike Lee classic.
“So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story,” added President Obama.
Both shows are still on the air (although Cops has since been sold to the Spike Network).‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television|Rich Goldstein|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spike Lee and The New York Times' A.O. Scott disagree on this.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed|Marlow Stern|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was soon chewing gum as Spike Brennon chewed it, and had his hair clipped in Brennon manner.
The only person he knew who had really worked hard to make something of himself was Spike Brennon.
He had seen his chance to step in and punish Spike, and he had stepped—and Spike's straight left had been there.
"You handed yourself that one, kid," Spike had said, applying raw beef to it after their rubdown.
Then he gripped an arm of Spike Brennon, who had stood by him against the wall, "looking 'em over," as Spike had put it.
British Dictionary definitions for spike (1 of 2)
- a transient variation in voltage or current in an electric circuit
- a graphical recording of this, such as one of the peaks on an electroencephalogram