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Meaning of SPIKE

Pronunciation:  spIk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; "spikes provide greater traction"
  2. [n]  a long metal nail
  3. [n]  any holding device consisting of a long sharp-pointed object
  4. [n]  a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
  5. [n]  a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall
  6. [n]  a transient variation in voltage or current
  7. [n]  (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
  8. [n]  fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
  9. [v]  add alcohol beverages
  10. [v]  bring forth a spike or spikes, as of flowers, such as hyacinths
  11. [v]  pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
  12. [v]  secure with spikes
  13. [v]  stand in the way of

SPIKE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: capitulum, ear, empale, fortify, impale, lace, spike out, transfix
 See Also: alter, banish, bar, change, climber, climbing iron, corn, crampon, crampoon, develop, electrical discharge, fasten, fix, fruit, holding device, implement, Indian corn, inflorescence, maize, mealie, nail, pierce, pin, piton, pricket, projection, relegate, secure, shoe, spadix, spear, spikelet, sporting goods, sports equipment, thrust, Zea mays



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spike\, n. [Akin to LG. spiker, spieker, a large nail, D.
    spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. sp[=i]k; all perhaps
    from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of
    nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Spine}.]
    1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron
       set with points upward or outward.
    2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
             He wears on his head the corona radiata . . .; the
             spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun.
    3. An ear of corn or grain.
    4. (Bot.) A kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers
       are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
    {Spike grass} (Bot.), either of two tall perennial American
       grasses ({Uniola paniculata}, and {U. latifolia}) having
       broad leaves and large flattened spikelets.
    {Spike rush}. (Bot.) See under {Rush}.
    {Spike shell} (Zo["o]l.), any pteropod of the genus
       {Styliola} having a slender conical shell.
    {Spike team}, three horses, or a horse and a yoke of oxen,
       harnessed together, a horse leading the oxen or the span.
  2. \Spike\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spiked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike
       down planks.
    2. To set or furnish with spikes.
    3. To fix on a spike. [R.] --Young.
    4. To stop the vent of (a gun or cannon) by driving a spike
       nail, or the like into it.
  3. \Spike\, n. [Cf. G. spieke, L. spica an ear of grain. See
    {Spikenard}.] (Bot.)
    Spike lavender. See {Lavender}.
    {Oil of spike} (Chem.), a colorless or yellowish aromatic oil
       extracted from the European broad-leaved lavender, or
       aspic ({Lavendula Spica}), used in artist's varnish and in
       veterinary medicine. It is often adulterated with oil of
       turpentine, which it much resembles.
Computing Dictionary

To defeat a selection mechanism by introducing a (sometimes temporary) device that forces a specific result. The word is used in several industries; telephone engineers refer to spiking a relay by inserting a pin to hold the relay in either the closed or open state, and railroaders refer to spiking a track switch so that it cannot be moved. In programming environments it normally refers to a temporary change, usually for testing purposes (as opposed to a permanent change, which would be called hard-coded).

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An unbranched, indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are without stalks.