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n. & v.
Variant of dike1.
dyke 2(dīk) also dike
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a lesbian.
1. (Civil Engineering) an embankment constructed to prevent flooding, keep out the sea, etc
2. (Civil Engineering) a ditch or watercourse
3. (Civil Engineering) a bank made of earth excavated for and placed alongside a ditch
4. (Civil Engineering) Scot a wall, esp a dry-stone wall
5. a barrier or obstruction
6. (Geological Science) a vertical or near-vertical wall-like body of igneous rock intruded into cracks in older rock
7. (Furniture) informal
a. a lavatory
b. (as modifier): a dyke roll.
8. (Civil Engineering) civil engineering an embankment or wall built to confine a river to a particular course
9. (Civil Engineering) (tr) to protect, enclose, or drain (land) with a dyke
[C13: modification of Old English dic ditch; compare Old Norse dīki ditch]
slang a lesbian
[C20: of unknown origin]
(Biography) Greg(ory). born 1947, British television executive; director-general of the BBC (2000–04)
n., v. dyked, dyk•ing.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. However, it has been increasingly adopted as a preferred term by young or radical homosexuals and in the academic community. In the mainstream homosexual community, gay and lesbian remain the terms of choice.—n. Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
(a term used to refer to a female homosexual or lesbian.)
[1930–35; of uncertain origin]
Past participle: dyked
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|Noun||1.||dyke - (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine|
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
|2.||dyke - a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea|
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
milldam - dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill
weir - a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
|Verb||1.||dyke - enclose with a dike; "dike the land to protect it from water"|
dyke[ˈdaɪk] n (= embankment) → digue f
an embankment built as a barrier against the sea etc. dyk سَد، حاجِز боядисвам dique hráz der Deich dige; dæmning ανάχωμαdique tamm, kaldavall آب بند؛ مانع pato digueסכר नहर nasip védőgát tanggul flóðgarður, stíflugarður diga 堤防 제방 pylimas dambis; aizsprosts daik dijk dike, demningtama, zapora د آوبو بند diqueдамба; плотина hrádza nasip nasip [strand]vall เขื่อนกั้นน้ำ set, bent 堤防 дамба, гребля سمندری سیلاب کو روکنے کے لۓ باندھا گیا پشتہ con đê 沟，堤坝