Definitions for Spike
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a transient variation in voltage or current
sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
"spikes provide greater traction"
ear, spike, capitulumnoun
fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
"the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
spike heel, spike, stiletto heelnoun
a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
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"
a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
"one of the spikes impaled him"
any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
"the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
a large stout nail
"they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
stand in the way of
transfix, impale, empale, spikeverb
pierce with a sharp stake or point
"impale a shrimp on a skewer"
secure with spikes
spike, spike outverb
bring forth a spike or spikes
"my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"
spike, lace, fortifyverb
add alcohol to (beverages)
"the punch is spiked!"
manifest a sharp increase
"the voltage spiked"
A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
An ear of grain.
A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
(in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
A sharp peak in a graph.
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.
An adolescent male deer.
a surge in power.
To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
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.
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.
To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
To decide not to publish or make public.
(slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
Etymology: spīca "ear of grain"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: spica, Latin.
Drawn up in ranks and files, the bearded spikes
Guard it from birds as with a stand of pikes. John Denham.
Suffering not the yellow beards to rear,
He tramples down the spikes, and intercepts the year. Dryd.
Spike after spike, their sparing harvest pick. James Thomson.
For the body of the ships, no nation equals England for the oaken timber; and we need not borrow of any other iron for spikes, or nails to fasten them. Francis Bacon.
The head of your medal would be seen to more advantage, if it were placed on a spike of the tower. Dryden.
He wears on his head the corona radiata, another type of his divinity: the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun. Addison.
The name of a plant. This is a smaller species of lavender.
The oil of spike is much used by our artificers in their varnishes; but it is generally adulterated. John Hill, Mat. Med.
Etymology: from the noun.
Lay long planks upon them, pinned or spiked down to the pieces of oak on which they lie. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.
Lay long planks upon them, spiking or pinning them down fast. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
A youth, leaping over the spiked pales, was suddenly frighted down, and in his falling he was catched by those spikes. Richard Wiseman.
a sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward
anything resembling such a nail in shape
an ear of corn or grain
a kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis
to fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike down planks
to set or furnish with spikes
to fix on a spike
to stop the vent of (a gun or cannon) by driving a spike nail, or the like into it
spike lavender. See Lavender
Etymology: [Cf. G. spieke, L. spica an ear of grain. See Spikenard.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spīk, n. an ear of corn: (bot.) an inflorescence in which sessile flowers, or flowers having very short stalks, are arranged around an axis: a small pointed rod: a large nail.—v.t. to set with spikes: to stop the vent of with a cast-iron spike driven in hard and then broken off, as by soldiers obliged to abandon their own guns or unable to remove those of the enemy which they have captured.—adjs. Spī′cate, Spī′cose, Spī′cous, having spikes or ears, like corn; Spicif′erous, bearing spikes: having spurs; Spī′ciform, having the form of a spike.—n. Spicos′ity, state of being spicous or eared.—adjs. Spic′ūlar, resembling a dart: in the shape of, or having, sharp points; Spic′ūlate, covered with, or divided into, minute points.—n. Spic′ūle (bot.), a little spike—also Spic′ūla: a minute, slender granule or point.—adjs. Spic′ulīform; Spicūlig′enous, Spicūlif′erous, producing spicules; Spic′ūlōse, Spic′ūlous, having spicules.—ns. Spic′ūlum, a spicule; Spike′bill, a merganser, a sawbill: the marbled godwit.—p.adj. Spiked, furnished, fastened, or stopped with spikes.—ns. Spike′-extract′or, an apparatus for drawing out spikes, as from railway-ties; Spike′-fish, a kind of sail-fish; Spike′-grass, one of several American grasses with conspicuous spikelets of flowers; Spike′let, a little spike; Spike′-nail, a spike; Spike′-oil, the oil of spike, a species of lavender; Spike′-plank, a platform before the mizzen-mast of a vessel, used in Arctic voyages.—adj. Spī′ky, furnished with spikes: having a sharp point. [L. spica, an ear of corn.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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.
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kepis, kipes, pikes
The numerical value of Spike in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Spike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
You can see the trend line is relatively flat until July, and this is where we have had that huge spike in cases, and this is why it's turned into a major problem for Nueces County.
The market gets skittish. If Libya were to go out, oil prices could easily spike $ 5 to $ 10 from current levels.
Baylor College of Medicine definitely worries me. I think we are jumping the gun a little bit, we saw this happen in June over the summer when we declared the pandemic to be over a bit too early. We decided that those who are vaccinated need not wear masks, which turned into everyone not wearing masks and then subsequently the spike and the Delta wave followed.
We are seeing the same thing you're seeing in New York and all the other big cities across the country : a spike in increase in violence but it's a number of issues, it's group and gang violence, it's retaliation from previous bad acts. But we are seeing an increase in close acquaintance shootings and domestic violence shootings where people just have absolutely poor or no conflict resolution skills and/or using guns to solve their conflicts.
We don't want to see a spike, it depends on how people react and it depends on their personal behavior.
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- urpa, espigaCatalan, Valencian
- pig, aks, spiger, top, nagle, spids, pigskoDanish
- Nagel, Spitze, Getreideähre, Stachel, ÄhreGerman
- punta, espiga, pico, pincho, clavoSpanish
- piikki, tähkäFinnish
- crampons, épiFrench
- schiacciata, picco, scarpa chiodata, lancia, arpione, spiga, chiodo, amento, punta, cerbiattoItalian
- 牡鹿, 針, 穂, スパイク靴, 穂状花序, スパイクJapanese
- espinho, Espigão, espigaPortuguese
- spigia, spia, speiaRomansh
- țăruș, piron, spicRomanian
- нападать, атаковать, костыль, ударить, нагель, удар, штырь, атакa, шип, клин, шиповки, нападающий удар, колос, атакующий удар, шпиль, остриё, скачокRussian
- ipiga, ispiga, ispica, spigaSardinian
- mũi nhọnVietnamese
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