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dike

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noun \ˈdīk\

Definition of dike

  1. 1 civil engineering :  an artificial watercourse :  ditch

  2. 2 civil engineering a :  a bank (see 1bank 1) usually of earth constructed to control or confine water :  leveeb :  a barrier preventing passage especially of something undesirable

  3. 3a civil engineering :  a raised causewayb geology :  a tabular body of igneous rock that has been injected while molten into a fissure

Examples of dike in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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dike

verb

Definition of dike

diked

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diking

civil engineering

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

  3. 2 :  to drain by a dike

diker

noun

Origin and Etymology of dike

see 1dike

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dike

noun

less common spelling of

usually offensive

  1. :  lesbian


DIKE Defined for English Language Learners

dike

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Definition of dike for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DIKE Defined for Kids

dike

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noun \ˈdīk\

Definition of dike for Students

  1. 1 :  a long trench dug in the earth to carry water

  2. 2 :  a mound of earth built to control water


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