What does dike mean?

Definitions for dike

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dam, dike, dykeverb

    a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

  2. dike, dykeverb

    enclose with a dike

    "dike the land to protect it from water"


  1. dikenoun

    The northern English form of ditch.

  2. dikenoun

    A ditch and bank running alongside each other.

  3. dikenoun

    A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.

  4. dikenoun

    A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.

  5. dikenoun

    A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.

  6. dikeverb

    To erect a dike.

  7. Dikênoun

    The goddess personifying the principle of justice.

  8. Etymology: (Northern) dik, dike, from díki 'ditch, dike'. More at and doublet of ditch.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dikenoun

    Etymology: dic, Saxon; dyk, Erse.

    The dykes are fill’d, and with a roaring sound
    The rising rivers float the nether ground. John Dryden, Virg. Geo.

    The king of dykes! than whom no sluice of mud
    With deeper sable blots the silver flood. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    God, that breaks up the flood-gates of so great a deluge, and all the art and industry of man is not sufficient to raise up dykes and ramparts against it. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.


  1. dike

    A dike is a long wall or embankment built to prevent flooding from the sea, a river, or other bodies of water. It can also refer to a sheet of rock that formed in a fracture in a pre-existing rock body, in geological terms. Furthermore, it may refer to a barrier, obstacle, or artificial obstruction in certain contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dikenoun

    a ditch; a channel for water made by digging

  2. Dikenoun

    an embankment to prevent inundations; a levee

  3. Dikenoun

    a wall of turf or stone

  4. Dikenoun

    a wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata

  5. Dikeverb

    to surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank

  6. Dikeverb

    to drain by a dike or ditch

  7. Dikeverb

    to work as a ditcher; to dig

  8. Etymology: [OE. diken, dichen, AS. dcian to dike. See Dike.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dike

    dīk, n. a trench, or the earth dug out and thrown up: a ditch: a mound raised to prevent inundation: in Scotland, a wall (Dry-stane dike, a wall without mortar; Fail-dike, a wall of turf), sometimes even a thorn-hedge: (geol.) a wall-like mass of igneous rock in the fissures of stratified rocks.—v.t. to surround with a dike or bank. [A.S. díc; Dut. dijk, Ger. teich, a pond; perh. conn. with Gr. teichos, a wall or rampart. See Dig, Ditch.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dikë

    a Greek goddess, the daughter of Zeus and Themis; the guardian of justice and judgment, the foe of deceit and violence, and the accuser before Zeus of the unjust judge.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. dike

    To remove or disable a portion of something, as a wire from a computer or a subroutine from a program. A standard slogan is “When in doubt, dike it out”. (The implication is that it is usually more effective to attack software problems by reducing complexity than by increasing it.) The word ‘dikes’ is widely used to mean ‘diagonal cutters’, a kind of wire cutter. To ‘dike something out’ means to use such cutters to remove something. Indeed, the TMRC Dictionary defined dike as “to attack with dikes”. Among hackers this term has been metaphorically extended to informational objects such as sections of code.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dike

    See DYKE.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dike

    A channel to receive water; also a dam or mound, to prevent inundation. Dikes differ from sluices; the former being intended only to oppose the flowing of other water into a river, or to confine the stream by means of strong walls, pieces of timber, or a double row of hurdles, the intervals of which are filled with earth, stones, or pebbles.

Rap Dictionary

  1. dikenoun

    A derogatory term for a lesbian. Also spelled "dyke."

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DIKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dike is ranked #15845 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dike surname appeared 1,837 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dike.

    61.5% or 1,131 total occurrences were White.
    32.2% or 593 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dike in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dike in a Sentence

  1. Edmund Burke:

    By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

  2. Elizabeth Berg:

    There is incredible value in being of service to others. I think if most of the people in therapy offices were dragged out to put their finger in a dike, take up their place in a working line, they would be relieved of terrible burdens.

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