Main definitions of dike in English

: dike1dike2

dike1

(also dyke)

Pronunciation /dīk/ /daɪk/

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noun

  • 1A long wall or embankment built to prevent flooding from the sea.

    jetty, quay, wharf, dock, landing, landing stage, landing place, slipway, marina, waterfront, breakwater, mole, groyne, dyke, sea wall, embankment
    1. 1.1often in place names A low wall or earthwork serving as a boundary or defense.
      • ‘Offa's Dike’
      barrier, partition, room divider, enclosure, screen, panel, separator
    2. 1.2A causeway.
      bank, mound, ridge, earthwork, causeway, barrier, levee, dam, dyke
  • 2A ditch or watercourse.

    trench, trough, channel, dyke, drain, gutter, gully, moat, duct, watercourse, conduit
  • 3Geology
    An intrusion of igneous rock cutting across existing strata.

    Compare with sill

  • 4Australian, New Zealand informal, dated A toilet.

    lavatory, bathroom, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Provide (land) with a wall or embankment to prevent flooding.

    ‘they diked the marshland along the rivers to provide pasture in summer’
    • ‘the fertility of those diked lands was unrivaled’

Phrases

    put one's finger in the dike
    • Attempt to stem the advance of something undesirable.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a trench or ditch): from Old Norse dík, related to ditch. dike (sense 1 of the noun) has been influenced by Middle Low German dīk ‘dam’ and Middle Dutch dijc ‘ditch, dam’.

Main definitions of dike in English

: dike1dike2

dike2

Pronunciation /dīk/ /daɪk/

Translate dike into Spanish

noun

variant spelling of dyke