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pike 1

A long spear formerly used by infantry.
tr.v. piked, pik·ing, pikes
To attack or pierce with a pike.

[French pique, from Old French, from piquer, to prick; see pique.]

piked adj.

pike 2

n. pl. pike or pikes
1. A freshwater game and food fish (Esox lucius) of the Northern Hemisphere that has a long snout and attains a length of over 1.2 meters (4 feet). Also called northern pike.
2. Any of various fishes closely related to this fish, such as the muskellunge or the pickerels.
3. Any of various fishes that resemble this fish.

[Middle English, perhaps from Old English pīc, sharp point (from its shape).]

pike 3

1. A turnpike.
2. Archaic
a. A tollgate on a turnpike.
b. A toll paid.
intr.v. piked, pik·ing, pikes
To move quickly.
come down the pike Slang
To come into prominence: "a policy ... allowing for little flexibility if an important new singer comes down the pike" (Christian Science Monitor).

[Short for turnpike.]

pike 4

n. Chiefly British
A hill with a pointed summit.

[Middle English, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]

pike 5

A spike or sharp point, as on the tip of a spear.

[Middle English, from Old English pīc.]

pike 6

A mid-air position in sports such as diving and gymnastics in which the athlete bends to touch the feet or grab the calves or back of the thighs while keeping the legs together and straight.

[Probably from pike (from the resemblance of the position to the fish's head ).]


1. (Angling) the sport of fishing for pike
2. slang Brit the practice of deriving sexual pleasure from watching strangers have sex in parked cars and other secluded but public places
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The TAA-run Killingworth Lake allows piking from October 1 and there are also piking opportunities on WACAC's QE2 Lake at Ashington and both the Bolam Lake and Talkin Tarn country parks provide day-ticket sport for pike anglers.
He also gets to wear his Piking Pirates hat with skull and crossbones badge.
He and companion Gord Burton, who is the Piking Pirates president, set up offshore float leger rigs to reach big fish cruising 40ft deep, about twice the depth of an average gravel pit.