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spike 1

 (spīk)
n.
1.
a. A long, thick, sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal.
b. A heavy nail.
2. A spikelike part or projection, as:
a. A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall.
b. A thin, sharp-pointed vertical rod for impaling papers; a spindle.
c. An elongate unbranched inflorescence with sessile flowers.
d. A thorn or spine.
e. A tuft of hair that is stiffened, as with hair spray or soap, into a point.
f. Slang A hypodermic needle.
3.
a. One of several sharp metal projections set in the sole or in the sole and heel of an athletic shoe for grip.
b. spikes A pair of athletic shoes having such projections.
4. spikes A pair of spike heels.
5. An unbranched antler of a young deer.
6. A young mackerel of small size, usually 15 centimeters (6 inches) or less in length.
7.
a. A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline in a graph or in the tracing of a scientific instrument.
b. A sharp momentary increase in voltage or electric current.
c. A sudden steep increase in prices.
8.
a. Sports The act of driving a volleyball at a sharp angle into the opponent's court by jumping near the net and hitting the ball down hard from above.
b. Football The act of slamming the ball to the ground after succeeding in an important play, as after scoring a touchdown.
c. Football The act of deliberately throwing the ball to the ground as an incomplete pass in order to stop the game clock.
v. spiked, spik·ing, spikes
v.tr.
1.
a. To secure or provide with a spike.
b. To shape into spikes.
2. To impale, pierce, or injure with a spike.
3. To injure with spiked shoes, especially when sliding in baseball.
4. To put an end to; terminate: spike a rumor.
5. Informal
a. To add alcoholic liquor to: spiked the punch with rum.
b. To add a poison or other chemical to: a drink spiked with barbiturates.
c. To add flavor or spice to: "Miss Jane brought him ... cold spring water spiked with a dash of vinegar and a touch of molasses" (Howard Frank Mosher).
d. To add excitement or vitality to: spiked the speech with many jokes.
6.
a. Sports To hit (a volleyball) in a spike.
b. Football To throw (the ball) to the ground in a spike.
7. To render (a muzzleloading gun) useless by driving a spike into the vent.
8. To manifest or undergo a sudden increase in (something) followed by a sharp decrease: spike a high fever.
v.intr.
To manifest or undergo a sudden increase followed by a sharp decrease: Traffic to the website spiked after the scandal broke.

[Middle English, from Old Norse spīk.]

spik′er n.

spike 2

 (spīk)
n.
1. An ear of grain, as of wheat.
2. Botany A usually elongated, unbranched inflorescence with stalkless flowers arranged along an axis.

[Middle English, from Latin spīca.]

spike

(spaɪk)
n
1. a sharp point
2. any sharp-pointed object, esp one made of metal
3. (Tools) a long metal nail
4. (General Physics) physics
a. a transient variation in voltage or current in an electric circuit
b. a graphical recording of this, such as one of the peaks on an electroencephalogram
5. informal a sudden increase
6. (Clothing & Fashion) (plural) shoes with metal projections on the sole and heel for greater traction, as used by athletes
7. (Zoology) the straight unbranched antler of a young deer
8. (Social Welfare) slang Brit another word for dosshouse
vb (mainly tr)
9. to secure or supply with or as with spikes
10. to render ineffective or block the intentions of; thwart
11. to impale on a spike
12. (Brewing) to add alcohol to (a drink)
13. (Journalism & Publishing) journalism to reject (a news story)
14. (Team Sports, other than specified) volleyball to hit (a ball) sharply downwards with an overarm motion from the front of one's own court into the opposing court
15. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (formerly) to render (a cannon) ineffective by blocking its vent with a spike
16. (intr) informal to increase suddenly
17. spike someone's guns to thwart someone's purpose
[C13 spyk; related to Old English spīcing nail, Old Norse spīk splinter, Middle Low German spīker spike, Norwegian spīk spoke2, Latin spīca sharp point; see spike2]

spike

(spaɪk)
n
1. (Botany) an inflorescence consisting of a raceme of sessile flowers, as in the gladiolus and sedges
2. (Botany) an ear of wheat, barley, or any other grass that has sessile spikelets
[C14: from Latin spīca ear of corn]

spike1

(spaɪk)

n., v. spiked, spik•ing. n.
1. a naillike fastener, 3 to 12 in. (7.6 to 30.5 cm) long and proportionately thicker than a common nail, for fastening together heavy timbers or railroad track.
2. something resembling such a nail, as a sharp-pointed metal projection on a weapon.
3. an abrupt increase or rise: a spike of electrical current.
4. one of a number of rectangular or naillike metal projections on the heel and sole of a shoe for improving traction, as of a baseball player or a runner.
5. spikes,
a. shoes having metal projections on the heel and sole.
b. shoes having spike heels.
6. a pointed portion of a continuous curve or graph, usu. rising above the adjacent portion.
7. the unbranched antler of a young deer.
8. a young mackerel.
9. Volleyball. an act or instance of spiking the ball.
10. Slang. a hypodermic needle.
v.t.
11. to fasten or secure with a spike or spikes.
12. to provide or set with a spike or spikes.
13. to pierce with or impale on a spike.
14. to set or stud with something suggesting spikes.
15. to injure (another player or a competitor) with the spikes of one's shoe, as in baseball.
16. Volleyball. to hit (a ball in the air) from a position close to the net sharply downward into the opponent's court.
17. Football. to throw (the ball) to the ground, esp. in celebration of a touchdown.
18. to render (a muzzle-loading gun) useless by driving a spike into the breech.
19. to suppress or thwart: to spike a rumor.
20. Informal.
a. to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink).
b. to add (a chemical, poison, or other substance) to.
v.i.
21. to rise or increase sharply (often fol. by up): Interest rates have spiked up.
[1300–50 < Old Norse spīkr nail; akin to Middle Low German spīker nail]
spik′er, n.

spike2

(spaɪk)

n.
1. an ear, as of wheat or other grain.
2. an elongated flower cluster in which the flowers are arranged along an unbranched stalk.
[1350–1400; < Latin spīca]

spike

(spīk)
1. An ear of grain, such as wheat.
2. A long cluster of stalkless flowers, as in the gladiolus.

spike

  • pricket - A candlestick with a spike for holding up the candle (or the spike itself).
  • barb - As any type of spike or projection, it is based on Latin barba, "beard"; it is also a piece of vertically pleated linen worn over or under the chin, as by nuns.
  • brad - A small or thin wire nail, it is from Old Norse broddr, "spike."
  • spike - Probably borrowed from Dutch spiker, "long sharp piece."

spike


Past participle: spiked
Gerund: spiking

Imperative
spike
spike
Present
I spike
you spike
he/she/it spikes
we spike
you spike
they spike
Preterite
I spiked
you spiked
he/she/it spiked
we spiked
you spiked
they spiked
Present Continuous
I am spiking
you are spiking
he/she/it is spiking
we are spiking
you are spiking
they are spiking
Present Perfect
I have spiked
you have spiked
he/she/it has spiked
we have spiked
you have spiked
they have spiked
Past Continuous
I was spiking
you were spiking
he/she/it was spiking
we were spiking
you were spiking
they were spiking
Past Perfect
I had spiked
you had spiked
he/she/it had spiked
we had spiked
you had spiked
they had spiked
Future
I will spike
you will spike
he/she/it will spike
we will spike
you will spike
they will spike
Future Perfect
I will have spiked
you will have spiked
he/she/it will have spiked
we will have spiked
you will have spiked
they will have spiked
Future Continuous
I will be spiking
you will be spiking
he/she/it will be spiking
we will be spiking
you will be spiking
they will be spiking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spiking
you have been spiking
he/she/it has been spiking
we have been spiking
you have been spiking
they have been spiking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spiking
you will have been spiking
he/she/it will have been spiking
we will have been spiking
you will have been spiking
they will have been spiking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spiking
you had been spiking
he/she/it had been spiking
we had been spiking
you had been spiking
they had been spiking
Conditional
I would spike
you would spike
he/she/it would spike
we would spike
you would spike
they would spike
Past Conditional
I would have spiked
you would have spiked
he/she/it would have spiked
we would have spiked
you would have spiked
they would have spiked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spike - a transient variation in voltage or currentspike - a transient variation in voltage or current
electrical discharge - a discharge of electricity
2.spike - sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; "spikes provide greater traction"
climbing iron, crampon, crampoon, climber - an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
piton - a metal spike with a hole for a rope; mountaineers drive it into ice or rock to use as a hold
pricket - a sharp metal spike to hold a candle
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
sports equipment - equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
3.spike - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
corn, Indian corn, maize, Zea mays - tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
mealie - an ear of corn
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
4.spike - (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
inflorescence - the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
spadix - the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe
5.spike - a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline; "the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
rise - a growth in strength or number or importance
6.spike - a very high narrow heel on women's shoesspike - a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
heel - the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
7.spike - each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves); "the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"; "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
gaff - a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
8.spike - a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
projection - any structure that branches out from a central support
9.spike - a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal); "one of the spikes impaled him"
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
10.spike - any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object; "the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
holding device - a device for holding something
11.spike - a large stout nail; "they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
Verb1.spike - stand in the way of
banish, bar, relegate - expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his own country"
2.spike - pierce with a sharp stake or pointspike - pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
pierce, thrust - penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
pin - pierce with a pin; "pin down the butterfly"
spear - pierce with a spear; "spear fish"
3.spike - secure with spikes
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
4.spike - bring forth a spike or spikes; "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
5.spike - add alcohol to (beverages); "the punch is spiked!"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
6.spike - manifest a sharp increase; "the voltage spiked"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"

spike

noun
1. point, stake, spur, pin, nail, spine, barb, tine, prong a 15-foot wall topped with iron spikes
2. prickle, spine, bristle, thorn Its skin is covered with spikes.
verb
1. drug, lace, dope, cut, contaminate, adulterate drinks spiked with tranquillizers
2. impale, spit, spear, stick She was spiked on a railing after a 20ft plunge.
Translations
مِسْمارنُتوء مِسْماري
bodechřebhrotšpunt
pigspidstopaks
piikkitähkä
fleinn, broddurgaddur
スパイクスパイク靴牡鹿穂状花序
dygliuotumasvinutė
dzegulisnaglaradzesmailetapa
konica
kabarakramponsivri uçlu metal çubuk

spike

[spaɪk]
A. N
1. (= point) → punta f; (= metal rod) → pincho m; (= stake) → estaca f; (= tool) → escarpia f; (on railing) → barrote m; (on sports shoes) → clavo m
2. (Zool) [of hedgehog etc] → púa f
3. (Elec) → pico m parásito
4. (Bot) → espiga f
5. spikes (Sport) → zapatillas fpl con clavos
B. VT
1. (= fix) → clavar; (= impale) → atravesar
2. (= stop) [+ rumour] → acabar con; (= thwart) [+ plan etc] → frustrar
to spike sb's gunsponer trabas a los planes de algn
3. a spiked drink (with added alcohol) → una bebida con alcohol añadido de extranjis; (drugged) una bebida a la que le han echado algo, como un somnífero, droga, etc.
C. CPD spike heel N (US) → tacón m de aguja

spike

[ˈspaɪk]
n
(= pointed object) → pointe f
(on running shoe)pointe f
[flowers] → épi m
vt (= add drug to) [+ drink] → trafiquer spikes
npl (= shoes) (for athletics, golf)chaussures fpl à pointes; (for football, rugby)chaussures fpl à crampons

spike

n
(on wall, railing, helmet etc) → Spitze f; (= nail)Nagel m; (on plant) → Stachel m; (on shoe, tyre etc) → Spike m; (for receipts, wastepaper etc) → Dorn m; spike heelPfennigabsatz m ? also spikes
(Bot) → Ähre f
(Elec) → Spannungsspitze f
(= hair)(Igel)schnitt m
vt
(lit: = pierce) → aufspießen; (with weapon) → durchbohren
(fig: = frustrate) rumoursden Boden entziehen (+dat); plansruinieren; the editor spiked the story (Press) → der Redakteur ließ die Story in einer Schublade verschwinden; to spike somebody’s guns (Brit inf) → jdm den Wind aus den Segeln nehmen
(= lace) drinkeinen Schuss zusetzen (+dat); spiked with rummit einem Schuss Rum

spike

[spaɪk]
1. n
a. (point) → punta; (on shoe) → chiodo
rocky spike (Mountaineering) → spuntone m
b. spikes npl (Sport) → scarpe fpl chiodate
c. (Elec) → punta (di corrente)
2. vt (fig) to spike sb's gunsrompere le uova nel paniere a qn
a spiked drink (fam) → una bevanda corretta

spike

(spaik) noun
1. a hard, thin, pointed object (of wood, metal etc). The fence had long spikes on top.
2. a pointed piece of metal attached to the sole of a shoe etc to prevent slipping.
spiked adjective
ˈspiky adjective
having spikes, or points similar to spikes. the spiky coat of a hedgehog.
ˈspikiness noun

spike

n. espiga; [in a graphic] cresta o elevación brusca.
References in classic literature ?
While I was attending to those in front, and on either side, the one behind ran up with the hand- spike, and struck me a heavy blow upon the head.
They'll poke up a bit higher here, an' push out a spike more there, an' uncurl a leaf this day an' another that.
He rode, not a mule, like his companion, but a strong hackney for the road, to save his gallant war-horse, which a squire led behind, fully accoutred for battle, with a chamfrom or plaited head-piece upon his bead, having a short spike projecting from the front.
If you look after them both for a whole year I will give you anything you like to ask; but if, on the other hand, you let either of the animals escape you, your last hour is come, and your head shall be stuck on the last spike of my fence.
You should see one o' them toothpicks h'istin' up her anchor on her spike outer fifteen- fathom water.
The rest of the handle was a shaft of pure ivory, while the point--the spike and hook--was gold-inlaid steel with pictures of elephant- catching; and the pictures attracted Mowgli, who saw that they had something to do with his friend Hathi the Silent.
Miles away a church spire stuck like a spike out of the hollow, and the smoke of a village dimmed the trees behind.
How will you overcome the sentries - spike the guns?
All across the meadow lands the hot air danced and quivered, and in the limpid waters of the lowland brook, spanned by a little stone bridge, the fish hung motionless above the yellow gravel, and the dragonfly sat quite still, perched upon the sharp tip of a spike of the rushes, with its wings glistening in the sun.
The earth round the spike had been left on the table, and a second sample was loosened and fell in the bedroom.
Nothing is going to be lost--not one pile out of the docks, not one railroad spike, not one ounce of steam out of the gauge of a ferry-boat.
He did not dream of the spike in the saddle, nor, while the saddle was empty, did it press against him.