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dike

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noun \ˈdīk\

Simple Definition of dike

  • : 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. 1 :  an artificial watercourse :  ditch

  2. 2 a :  a bank usually of earth constructed to control or confine water :  levee b :  a barrier preventing passage especially of something undesirable

  3. 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

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dike

verb

Definition of dike

dikeddik·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to surround or protect with a dike

  3. 2 :  to drain by a dike

dik·er noun


14th Century

First Known Use of dike

14th century

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dike

Definition of dike

  1. variant of dyke




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