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spike 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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

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.]
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1. having spikes
2. (of hair) short and sticking up all over the head
3. containing drugs or alcohol
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spiked - having a long sharp point
pointed - having a point
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[spaɪkt] ADJ [shoe] → con clavos
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[ˈspaɪkt] adj
[railings] → hérissé(e) de pointes; [shoes] → à pointes
[hair] → en épisspike heel n (US)talon m aiguille
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adj shoemit Spikes; stickmit Dornen versehen; railingsmit Spitzen; drinkmit Schuss; spiked hairIgel(schnitt) m; spiked helmetPickelhaube f
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
They spiked his collar in some of the attempted tricks to keep him from lurching from side to side or from falling forward or backward.
Michael saw, without fully appreciating, the use of the spiked saddle on the bucking mule.
He knows I've never spiked him and that I always save him in the end.
Wemmick," said the turnkey, who kept us between the two studded and spiked lodge gates, and who carefully locked one before he unlocked the other, "what's Mr.
BISCAY, MARK BOAT reports Caducci (Valandingham Line) slightly spiked in western gorge Point de Benasdue.
As he walked up and down, affably accommodating his step to the shuffle of his brother, not proud in his superiority, but considerate of that poor creature, bearing with him, and breathing toleration of his infirmities in every little puff of smoke that issued from his lips and aspired to get over the spiked wall, he was a sight to wonder at.
It was so like Smith's work, so much more like the top of a strongly spiked wall than a head of hair, that the best of players at leap-frog might have declined him, as the most dangerous man in the world to go over.
Cara Teven began the campaign to get bar staff to put lids on drinks after a friend was spiked on a night out in Glasgow.
The concept of a spiked blunt body was first proposed by Bogdonoff [1].
website, SAP said it spiked logs at Swanson Brothers "because it specializes in processing the oldest and largest trees.
The rial spiked briefly last week on the open market in Iran, but has now settled down again.