What does Spike mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spikenoun

    a transient variation in voltage or current

  2. spikenoun

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

    "spikes provide greater traction"

  3. ear, spike, capitulumnoun

    fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

  4. spikenoun

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

  5. spikenoun

    a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline

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

  6. spike heel, spike, stiletto heelnoun

    a very high narrow heel on women's shoes

  7. spikenoun

    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. spikenoun

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

  9. spikenoun

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

    "one of the spikes impaled him"

  10. spike, spindlenoun

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

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

  11. spikeverb

    a large stout nail

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

  12. spikeverb

    stand in the way of

  13. transfix, impale, empale, spikeverb

    pierce with a sharp stake or point

    "impale a shrimp on a skewer"

  14. spikeverb

    secure with spikes

  15. spike, spike outverb

    bring forth a spike or spikes

    "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"

  16. spike, lace, fortifyverb

    add alcohol to (beverages)

    "the punch is spiked!"

  17. spikeverb

    manifest a sharp increase

    "the voltage spiked"


  1. spikenoun

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

  2. spikenoun

    Anything resembling such a nail in shape.

  3. spikenoun

    An ear of grain.

  4. spikenoun

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

  5. spikenoun

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

  6. spikenoun

    A sharp peak in a graph.

  7. spikenoun

    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. spikenoun

    An adolescent male deer.

  9. spikenoun

    a surge in power.

  10. spikeverb

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

  11. spikeverb

    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. spikeverb

    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. spikeverb

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

  14. spikeverb

    To decide not to publish or make public.

  15. spikenoun

    (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.

  16. Etymology: spīca "ear of grain"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spikenoun

    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.

    The gleaners,
    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.

  2. Spikenoun

    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.

  3. To Spikeverb

    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.


  1. spike

    A spike is a sharp point or peak, often referring to a sudden increase or sharp rise in something such as data, numbers, or measurements. It can also refer to a physical sharp point, often seen in sports gear or equipment. In the context of neurons, a spike refers to a sudden change in voltage. In media or literature, a spike can also refer to a sudden surge of interest or attention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spikenoun

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

  2. Spikenoun

    anything resembling such a nail in shape

  3. Spikenoun

    an ear of corn or grain

  4. Spikenoun

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

  5. Spikeverb

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

  6. Spikeverb

    to set or furnish with spikes

  7. Spikeverb

    to fix on a spike

  8. Spikeverb

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

  9. Spikenoun

    spike lavender. See Lavender

  10. Etymology: [Cf. G. spieke, L. spica an ear of grain. See Spikenard.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spike

    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. 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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SPIKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spike is ranked #36736 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spike surname appeared 608 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Spike.

    81.7% or 497 total occurrences were White.
    12.9% or 79 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 19 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for Spike »

  1. pikes

  2. kepis

  3. kipes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spike in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Spike in a Sentence

  1. Sheryl Underwood:

    I’m really glad to hear you say that, because as a black woman who is a comedian, I’m very, very proud of Channing Dungey… and, as Spike Lee says, a lot of people came together to do the right thing. And, I’m happy to see that it was done swiftly.

  2. Robert Burr:

    There will be a spike in the overall market because of its (Cuban rum) forbidden fruit syndrome.

  3. Minnesota Governor Walz:

    I am deeply concerned about a super-spreader type of incident, we're going to see a spike in Covid-19. It's inevitable.

  4. Richina Bicette-McCain:

    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.

  5. Jerome Powell:

    It would be very helpful and very important that there be additional fiscal support for the economy, really to get us through the winter, i think we made a lot of progress faster than we expected, and now we have a big spike in COVID cases, and it may weigh on economic activity. People may pull back from activities they were being involved in or not engage in new activities.

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