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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.]
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).]
1. A turnpike.
a. A tollgate on a turnpike.
b. A toll paid.
intr.v. piked, pik·ing, pikesIdiom:
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.]
n. Chiefly British
A hill with a pointed summit.
[Middle English, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]
A spike or sharp point, as on the tip of a spear.
[Middle English, from Old English pīc.]
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 ).]
n, pl pike or pikes
1. (Animals) any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
2. (Animals) any of various similar fishes
[C14: short for pikefish, from Old English pīc point, with reference to the shape of its jaw]
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
2. a point or spike
(tr) to stab or pierce using a pike
[Old English pīc point, of obscure origin]
(Civil Engineering) short for turnpike1
(Physical Geography) dialect Northern English a pointed or conical hill
[Old English pīc, of obscure origin]
(Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) (of the body position of a diver) bent at the hips but with the legs straight
[C20: of obscure origin]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) pike, (esp. for kinds or species) pikes.
1. any of several large, slender, voracious freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, having a long, flat snout.
2. any of various superficially similar fishes, as the walleye or pikeperch.
[1275–1325; Middle English; so called from its pointed snout (see pike5)]
n., v. piked, pik•ing. n.
1. a shafted weapon having a pointed head, formerly used by infantry.v.t.
2. to pierce, wound, or kill with a pike.
1. a toll road or highway; turnpike.
2. a tollgate.
3. the toll paid at a tollgate.
[1820–30, Amer.; short for turnpike]
1. a sharply pointed projection or spike.
2. the pointed end of anything, as of an arrow or a spear.
[before 900; Middle English pik pick, spike, (pilgrim's) staff, Old English pīc pointed tool. See pick2]
a midair position assumed by divers and gymnasts in which the torso and head are bent forward and the legs held together with knees straight.
[1955–60; perhaps identical with pike1]
Zebulon Montgomery, 1779–1813, U.S. general and explorer.
Past participle: piked
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|Noun||1.||pike - a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic|
autobahn - an expressway in a German-speaking country
autostrada - an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
carriageway - one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
|2.||pike - highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh|
pike - any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere
freshwater fish - flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
muskellunge - flesh of very large North American pike; a game fish
pickerel - flesh of young or small pike
|3.||pike - a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)|
point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
|4.||pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet|
halberd - a pike fitted with an ax head
partizan, partisan - a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
pikestaff - the staff of a pike
vouge - a kind of pike used by foot soldiers in the 14th century
|5.||pike - any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere|
pickerel - any of several North American species of small pike
pike - highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh
سَمَك الكَرَكي، زُنْجور
pike(paik) – plural pike – noun
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