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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spikespaɪk(n.; v.)spiked, spik•ing.

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Building Trades, Railroads

  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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  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.

    Category: Clothing

  5. spikes, shoes having metal projections on the heel and sole. shoes having spike heels.

    Category: Clothing

  6. a pointed portion of a continuous curve or graph, usu. rising above the adjacent portion.

    Category: Statistics

  7. the unbranched antler of a young deer.

    Category: Zoology

  8. a young mackerel.

    Category: Ichthyology

  9. Volleyball. an act or instance of spiking the ball.

    Category: Sport

  10. Slang. a hypodermic needle.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  11. (v.t.)to fasten or secure with a spike or spikes.

    Category: Building Trades

  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.

    Category: Sport

  16. Volleyball. to hit (a ball in the air) from a position close to the net sharply downward into the opponent's court.

    Category: Sport

  17. Football. to throw (the ball) to the ground, esp. in celebration of a touchdown.

    Category: Sport

  18. to render (a muzzle-loading gun) useless by driving a spike into the breech.

    Category: Military

  19. to suppress or thwart:

    to spike a rumor.

  20. Informal. to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink). to add (a chemical, poison, or other substance) to.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  21. (v.i.)to rise or increase sharply (often fol. by up):

    Interest rates have spiked up.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of spike:

1300–50 < ON spīkr nail; akin to MLG spīker nail



  1. an ear, as of wheat or other grain.

  2. an elongated flower cluster in which the flowers are arranged along an unbranched stalk.

    Category: Botany

Origin of spike:

1350–1400; < L spīca

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spike(noun)

    a transient variation in voltage or current

  2. spike(noun)

    sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes

    "spikes provide greater traction"

  3. ear, spike, capitulum(noun)

    fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

  4. spike(noun)

    (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis

  5. spike(noun)

    a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline

    "the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"

  6. spike heel, spike, stiletto heel(noun)

    a very high narrow heel on women's shoes

  7. spike(noun)

    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"

  8. spike(noun)

    a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)

  9. spike(noun)

    a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)

    "one of the spikes impaled him"

  10. spike, spindle(noun)

    any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object

    "the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"

  11. spike(verb)

    a large stout nail

    "they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"

  12. spike(verb)

    stand in the way of

  13. transfix, impale, empale, spike(verb)

    pierce with a sharp stake or point

    "impale a shrimp on a skewer"

  14. spike(verb)

    secure with spikes

  15. spike, spike out(verb)

    bring forth a spike or spikes

    "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"

  16. spike, lace, fortify(verb)

    add alcohol to (beverages)

    "the punch is spiked!"

  17. spike(verb)

    manifest a sharp increase

    "the voltage spiked"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spike(noun)ɪk

    a sudden rise in level or amount

    a spike in the price of oil

  2. spikeɪk

    a piece of wood or metal with a sharp point

    the spikes that hold railroad tracks down


  1. spike(Noun)

    A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.

  2. spike(Noun)

    Anything resembling such a nail in shape.

  3. spike(Noun)

    An ear of grain.

  4. spike(Noun)

    A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.

  5. spike(Noun)

    (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.

  6. spike(Noun)

    A sharp peak in a graph.

  7. spike(Noun)

    An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.

  8. spike(Noun)

    An adolescent male deer.

  9. spike(Noun)

    a surge in power.

  10. spike(Verb)

    To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.

  11. spike(Verb)

    To add a small amount of one substance to another.

    The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.

  12. spike(Verb)

    To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.

  13. spike(Verb)

    To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.

  14. spike(Verb)

    To decide not to publish or make public.

  15. spike(Noun)

    (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.

  16. Origin: spīca "ear of grain"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spike(noun)

    a sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward

  2. Spike(noun)

    anything resembling such a nail in shape

  3. Spike(noun)

    an ear of corn or grain

  4. Spike(noun)

    a kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis

  5. Spike(verb)

    to fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike down planks

  6. Spike(verb)

    to set or furnish with spikes

  7. Spike(verb)

    to fix on a spike

  8. Spike(verb)

    to stop the vent of (a gun or cannon) by driving a spike nail, or the like into it

  9. Spike(noun)

    spike lavender. See Lavender


  1. Spike

    Spike, played by James Marsters, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Spike is a vampire and played various roles on the shows, ranging from villain to anti-hero. For Marsters, the role as Spike began a career in science fiction television, becoming "the obvious go-to guy for US cult [television]". For creator Whedon, Spike is the "most fully developed" of his characters. The character had intended to be a brief villain, with Whedon originally adamant to not have another major "romantic vampire" character like Angel - Marsters says "Spike was supposed to be dirty and evil, punk rock, and then dead" - but the character ended up staying for the second season, and then returning in the fourth to replace Cordelia as "the character who told Buffy she was stupid and about to die". Within the series' narrative, William was an unsuccessful aspiring poet in the Victorian era who was mocked and called "William the Bloody" because of his "bloody awful" poetry. Sired by the vampire Drusilla, William became an unusually passionate and romantic vampire. Alongside Drusilla and Angelus, William acquired the nickname Spike for his preferred method of torturing people with railroad spikes. He was noted for killing two vampire Slayers; one at the end of the 1800s during the Boxer Rebellion, the other in 1970s New York, where Spike acquired his trademark leather duster. During the second season of the series Spike comes to Sunnydale hoping to kill a third Slayer, Buffy Summers, with whom he later forges an uneasy alliance. Over the course of Buffy, Spike falls in love with the Slayer, reacquires his soul to prove himself to Buffy and dies a hero in the show's series finale before being resurrected in the fifth season of spin-off series Angel.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spike

    1. To defeat a selection mechanism by introducing a (sometimes temporary) device that forces a specific result. The word is used in several industries; telephone engineers refer to spiking a relay by inserting a pin to hold the relay in either the closed or open state, and railroaders refer to spiking a track switch so that it cannot be moved. In programming environments it normally refers to a temporary change, usually for testing purposes (as opposed to a permanent change, which would be called hardwired). 2. [borderline techspeak] A visible peak in an otherwise rather constant graph (e.g. a sudden surge in line voltage, an unexpected short “high” on a logical line in a circuit). Hackers frequently use this for a sudden short increase in some quantity such as system load or network traffic.

Anagrams of SPIKE

  1. kepis

  2. kipes

  3. pikes

  4. kepis, kipes, pikes

Translations for SPIKE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hard, thin, pointed object (of wood, metal etc)

The fence had long spikes on top.

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