What does dike mean?

Definitions for dike

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dike.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dam, dike, dyke(verb)

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

  2. dike, dyke(verb)

    enclose with a dike

    "dike the land to protect it from water"


  1. dike(Noun)

    The northern English form of ditch.

  2. dike(Noun)

    A ditch and bank running alongside each other.

  3. dike(Noun)

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

  4. dike(Noun)

    A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.

  5. dike(Noun)

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

  6. dike(Verb)

    To erect a dike.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dike(noun)

    a ditch; a channel for water made by digging

  2. Dike(noun)

    an embankment to prevent inundations; a levee

  3. Dike(noun)

    a wall of turf or stone

  4. Dike(noun)

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

  5. Dike(verb)

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

  6. Dike(verb)

    to drain by a dike or ditch

  7. Dike(verb)

    to work as a ditcher; to dig

  8. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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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