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dyke 1

 (dīk)
n. & v.
Variant of dike1.

dyke 2

 (dīk) also dike
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a lesbian.

[Origin unknown.]

dyke′y adj.

dyke

(daɪk) or

dike

n
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.
vb
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]

dyke

(daɪk) or

dike

n
slang a lesbian
[C20: of unknown origin]

Dyke

(dɑɪk)
n
(Biography) Greg(ory). born 1947, British television executive; director-general of the BBC (2000–04)

dyke1

(daɪk)

n., v. dyked, dyk•ing.

dyke2

or dike

(daɪk)

n.
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]
dyke′y, adj.

dyke


Past participle: dyked
Gerund: dyking

Imperative
dyke
dyke
Present
I dyke
you dyke
he/she/it dykes
we dyke
you dyke
they dyke
Preterite
I dyked
you dyked
he/she/it dyked
we dyked
you dyked
they dyked
Present Continuous
I am dyking
you are dyking
he/she/it is dyking
we are dyking
you are dyking
they are dyking
Present Perfect
I have dyked
you have dyked
he/she/it has dyked
we have dyked
you have dyked
they have dyked
Past Continuous
I was dyking
you were dyking
he/she/it was dyking
we were dyking
you were dyking
they were dyking
Past Perfect
I had dyked
you had dyked
he/she/it had dyked
we had dyked
you had dyked
they had dyked
Future
I will dyke
you will dyke
he/she/it will dyke
we will dyke
you will dyke
they will dyke
Future Perfect
I will have dyked
you will have dyked
he/she/it will have dyked
we will have dyked
you will have dyked
they will have dyked
Future Continuous
I will be dyking
you will be dyking
he/she/it will be dyking
we will be dyking
you will be dyking
they will be dyking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dyking
you have been dyking
he/she/it has been dyking
we have been dyking
you have been dyking
they have been dyking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dyking
you will have been dyking
he/she/it will have been dyking
we will have been dyking
you will have been dyking
they will have been dyking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dyking
you had been dyking
he/she/it had been dyking
we had been dyking
you had been dyking
they had been dyking
Conditional
I would dyke
you would dyke
he/she/it would dyke
we would dyke
you would dyke
they would dyke
Past Conditional
I would have dyked
you would have dyked
he/she/it would have dyked
we would have dyked
you would have dyked
they would have dyked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dyke - (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
gay woman, lesbian, tribade - a female homosexual
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
Verb1.dyke - enclose with a dike; "dike the land to protect it from water"
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"

dyke

noun wall, barrier, dam, enclosure, palisade I then slid down the side of the dyke.
Translations
hráz
dæmningdige
lesbo
flóîgarîur, stíflugarîur
aizsprostsdambis
hrádza
flata
bentset

dyke

[daɪk] N
1. (= barrier) → dique m; (= channel) → canal m, acequia f; (= causeway) → calzada f; (= embankment) → terraplén m
2. (= lesbian) → tortillera f

dyke

[ˈdaɪk] n (= embankment) → digue f

dyke

, (US) dike
n
(= channel)(Entwässerungs)graben m, → Kanal m
(= barrier)Deich m, → Damm m; (= causeway)Fahrdamm m
(sl: = lesbian) → Lesbe f (inf)
vt landeindeichen; rivereindämmen

dyke

[daɪk] n
a. (barrier) → diga, argine m; (channel) → canale m di scolo; (causeway) → sentiero rialzato
b. (offensive) (lesbian) → lesbica

dyke,

dike

(daik) noun
an embankment built as a barrier against the sea etc.
References in classic literature ?
If her uncle was turned out of house and home, and forced to lay down in a dyke, Mas'r Davy,' said Mr.
And the cardinal began to examine with the greatest attention the map of La Rochelle, which, as we have said, lay open on the desk, tracing with a pencil the line in which the famous dyke was to pass which, eighteen months later, shut up the port of the besieged city.
From what we can make out, Van Dyke must have been a churchman.
It was some time before he learned its name; and for all I know he might have expected to find wild beasts or wild men here, when, crawling in the dark over the sea-wall, he rolled down the other side into a dyke, where it was another miracle he didn't get drowned.
Opposite to the mansions, on the other side of the gravel crescent, was a bushy enclosure more like a steep hedge or dyke than a garden, and some way below that ran a strip of artificial water, a sort of canal, like the moat of that embowered fortress.
It looks unco' quiet," said he; "but for all that we'll lie down here cannily behind a dyke, and make sure.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.
The river to its topmost banks Swollen with death; the dykes of the Great Wall Brimming with blood.
He rushed across the plain like a winter torrent that has burst its barrier in full flood; no dykes, no walls of fruitful vineyards can embank it when it is swollen with rain from heaven, but in a moment it comes tearing onward, and lays many a field waste that many a strong man's hand has reclaimed--even so were the dense phalanxes of the Trojans driven in rout by the son of Tydeus, and many though they were, they dared not abide his onslaught.
If it were possible for literature to use the microscope of the Leuwenhoeks, the Malpighis, and the Raspails (an attempt once made by Hoffman, of Berlin), and if we could magnify and then picture the teredos navalis, in other words, those ship-worms which brought Holland within an inch of collapsing by honey-combing her dykes, we might have been able to give a more distinct idea of Messieurs Gigonnet, Baudoyer, Saillard, Gaudron, Falleix, Transon, Godard and company, borers and burrowers, who proved their undermining power in the thirtieth year of this century.
The shattered and baked rocks, traversed by innumerable dykes of greenstone, showed what commotions had formerly taken place.
He looked afraid of somebody overhearing my audacious-- almost sacrilegious hint--as if there had not been a mile and a half of lonely marshland and dykes between us and the nearest human habitation.