spike

noun (1)
\ˈspīk \

Definition of spike 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a very large nail

2a : one of a row of pointed irons placed (as on the top of a wall) to prevent passage

b(1) : one of several metal projections set in the sole and heel of a shoe to improve traction

(2) spikes plural : a pair of shoes having spikes attached to the soles or soles and heels

c : spindle sense 1e

3 : something resembling a spike: such as

a : a young mackerel not over six inches (15.2 centimeters) long

b : an unbranched antler of a young deer

4 spikes plural : spike heel sense 2

5 : the act or an instance of spiking (as in volleyball)

6a : a pointed element in a graph or tracing

b : an unusually high and sharply defined maximum (as of amplitude in a wave train)

7 slang : hypodermic needle

8 : a momentary sharp increase and fall in electric potential also : action potential

9 : an abrupt sharp increase (as in prices or rates)

spike

verb
spiked; spiking

Definition of spike (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten or furnish with spikes

2a : to disable (a muzzle-loading cannon) temporarily by driving a spike into the vent

b : to suppress or block completely spiked the rumor

3a : to pierce or impale with or on a spike

b : to reject (a story) for publication or broadcast for editorial reasons

4a : to add an alcoholic beverage to (a drink) spiked the punch

b : to add a foreign substance to spike the coffee with tranquilizers

c : to add something highly reactive (such as a radioactive tracer) to

d : to add vitality, zest, or spice to : liven spiked the speech with humor spike the broth with peppers

5 : to drive (something, such as a volleyball) sharply downward with a hard blow also : to throw down sharply spiked the ball in the end zone

6 : to undergo a sudden sharp increase in (temperature or fever) the patient spiked a fever of 103°

intransitive verb

: to increase sharply battery sales spiked after the storm

spike

noun (2)

Definition of spike (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an ear of grain

2 : an elongated inflorescence similar to a raceme but having the flowers sessile on the main axis — see inflorescence illustration

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Other Words from spike

Noun (1)

spikelike \ ˈspīk-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

spiker noun

Examples of spike in a Sentence

Verb

Someone spiked the punch at the party. The medication caused his blood pressure to spike. She spiked the ball and scored the winning point. After he scored a touchdown he spiked the ball in the end zone.
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First Known Use of spike

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spike

Noun (1)

Middle English, probably from Old Norse spīk splinter & spīkr spike; akin to Middle Dutch spiker spike — more at spoke

Noun (2)

Middle English spik, from Latin spica — more at spine

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spike

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spike

: to add alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)

: to add something that gives flavor or interest to (something)

: to increase greatly in a short period of time

spike

noun
\ˈspīk \

Kids Definition of spike

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a very large nail

2 : something pointed like a nail She even wanted to forget … her horrible hair, now drying into stiff spikes.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby

3 : one of the metal objects attached to the heel and sole of a shoe (as a baseball shoe) to prevent slipping

spike

verb
spiked; spiking

Kids Definition of spike (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to fasten with large nails

2 : to pierce or cut with or on a large nail

3 : to hit or throw (a ball) sharply downward

4 : to add alcohol or drugs to

spike

noun

Kids Definition of spike (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a tight mass of grain spikes of wheat

2 : a long usually rather narrow flower cluster in which the blossoms grow very close to a central stem

spike

noun
\ˈspīk \

Medical Definition of spike 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a change (as in voltage) involving a sharp increase and fall or a recording of this: as

a : the pointed element in the wave tracing in an electroencephalogram

b : a sharp increase in body temperature followed by a rapid fall a fever with spikes to 103°

c(1) : the sharp increase and fall in the recorded action potential of a stimulated nerve cell that during the increasing phase corresponds to an inrush of sodium ions to the interior of the cell and during the decreasing phase corresponds to a slowing of the influx of sodium ions and to an increasing efflux of potassium ions to the exterior

(2) : action potential

spiked; spiking

Medical Definition of spike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to undergo a sudden sharp increase in (temperature or fever) usually up to an indicated level infected patients spiked fevers as high as 105°F

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