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dike

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1dike

noun \ˈdīk\

: a long narrow hole that is dug in the ground to carry water : a ditch or trench

: a bank or mound of earth that is built to control water and especially to protect an area from flooding

Full Definition of DIKE

1
:  an artificial watercourse :  ditch
2
a :  a bank usually of earth constructed to control or confine water :  levee
b :  a barrier preventing passage especially of something undesirable
3
a :  a raised causeway
b :  a tabular body of igneous rock that has been injected while molten into a fissure

Examples of DIKE

  1. <an elaborate system of dikes built to protect the lowlands from the relentless onslaught of the sea>
  2. <water flowed along the dike to the small pond>

Origin of DIKE

Middle English, probably from Old Norse dīk ditch and Middle Low German dīk dam; akin to Old English dīc ditch — more at ditch
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

Rhymes with DIKE

2dike

verb
dikeddik·ing

Definition of DIKE

transitive verb
1
:  to surround or protect with a dike
2
:  to drain by a dike
dik·er noun

First Known Use of DIKE

14th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

3dike

Definition of DIKE

variant of dyke

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