HyperDic: spike

English > 17 senses of the word spike:
NOUNeventspikea transient variation in voltage or current
artifactspikesports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
plantspike, ear, capitulumfruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
plantspike(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
eventspikea sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
artifactspike, spike heel, stiletto heela very high narrow heel on women's shoes
artifactspikeeach of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
artifactspikea sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
artifactspikea long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
artifactspike, spindleany holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
artifactspikea large stout nail
VERBsocialspikestand in the way of
contactspike, transfix, impale, empalepierce with a sharp stake or point
contactspikesecure with spikes
changespike, spike outbring forth a spike or spikes
changespike, lace, fortifyadd alcohol to (beverages)
changespikemanifest a sharp increase
spike > pronunciation
Soundsspay'k
Rhymesalike ... wormlike: 58 rhymes with ayk...
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningA transient variation in voltage or current.
Broaderelectrical dischargeA discharge of electricity
Spanishajuste
Verbsspikemanifest a sharp increase
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 2, artifact
Meaningsports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes.
Example"spikes provide greater traction"
Part ofshoefootwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
Narrowercrampon, crampoon, climbing iron, climberAn iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
pitonA metal spike with a hole for a rope
pricketA sharp metal spike to hold a candle
Broadersports equipmentequipment needed to participate in a particular sport
Spanishtacos
Catalanclau
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 3, plant
Meaningfruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn.
Synonymsear, capitulum
Part ofcorn, maize, Indian corn, Zea maystall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears
NarrowermealieAn ear of corn
BroaderfruitThe ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
Spanishespiga
Catalanespiga
Verbsspikebring forth a spike or spikes
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 4, plant
Meaning(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis.
Categorybotany, phytologyThe branch of biology that studies plants
PartsspadixThe fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe
BroaderinflorescenceThe flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
Spanishespiga
Adjectivesspicatehaving or relating to spikes
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 5, event
MeaningA sharp rise followed by a sharp decline.
Example"the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
BroaderriseA growth in strength or number or importance
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 6, artifact
MeaningA very high narrow heel on women's shoes.
Synonymsspike heel, stiletto heel
BroaderheelThe bottom of a shoe or boot
Spanishtacón de aguja
Catalantaló d'agulla
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 7, artifact
MeaningEach of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves).
Examples
  • "the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"
  • "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
NarrowergaffA sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
Broaderpointsharp end
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 8, artifact
MeaningA sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur).
BroaderprojectionAny structure that branches out from a central support
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 9, artifact
MeaningA long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal).
Example"one of the spikes impaled him"
Broaderimplementinstrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
Verbsspikepierce with a sharp stake or point
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 10, artifact
MeaningAny holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object.
Example"the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
Synonymspindle
Broaderholding deviceA device for holding / holding something
Verbsspikesecure with spikes
English > spike: 17 senses > noun 11, artifact
MeaningA large stout nail.
Example"they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
BroadernailA thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
Spanishescarpia
Catalanescàrpia
Verbsspikesecure with spikes
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 1, social
Meaningstand in the way of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderbanish, relegate, barExpel, as if by official decree
Spanishimpedir el paso
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningpierce with a sharp stake or point.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymstransfix, impale, empale
Narrowerpinpierce with a pin
spearpierce with a spear
Broaderpierce, thrustpenetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
Spanishatravesar, empalar, enclavar, estacar, impalar, traspasar
Nounsspikea long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 3, contact
MeaningSecure with spikes.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderfasten, fix, secureCause to be firmly attached
Spanishclavar
Nounsspikea large stout nail
spikeany holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningbring forth a spike or spikes.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymspike out
BroaderdevelopGrow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
Spanishdespuntar
Catalandespuntar
Nounsspikefruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningadd alcohol to (beverages).
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"the punch is spiked!"
Synonymslace, fortify
Categorycooking, cookery, preparationThe act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishalegrar, añadir alcohol, echar licor, fortalecer, fortificar
English > spike: 17 senses > verb 6, change
Meaningmanifest a sharp increase.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"the voltage spiked"
BroaderincreaseBecome bigger or greater in amount
Nounsspikea transient variation in voltage or current

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