from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods.
- n. Chiefly British A low wall, often of sod, dividing or enclosing lands.
- n. A barrier blocking a passage, especially for protection.
- n. A raised causeway.
- n. A ditch; a channel.
- n. Geology A long mass of igneous rock that cuts across the structure of adjacent rock.
- transitive v. To protect, enclose, or provide with a dike.
- transitive v. To drain with dikes or ditches.
- n. Offensive Slang Variant of dyke2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The northern English form of ditch.
- n. A ditch and bank running alongside each other.
- n. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
- n. A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
- n. A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
- v. To erect a dike.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ditch; a channel for water made by digging.
- n. An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee.
- n. A wall of turf or stone.
- n. A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata.
- transitive v. To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
- transitive v. To drain by a dike or ditch.
- intransitive v. To work as a ditcher; to dig.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A channel for water made by digging; a ditch; a moat. See ditch.
- n. A small pond or pool.
- n. A ridge or bank of earth thrown up in excavating canal or a ditch; specifically, such a ridge or bank thrown up to prevent low lands from being overflowed; a continuous dam confining or restraining the waters of a stream or of the sea: as, the Netherlands are defended from the sea by dikes.
- n. A low wall or fence of stone or turf, dividing or inclosing fields, etc. A dry dike is such a wall built without mortar. See fail-dike.
- n. In geology, a fissure in rocks filled with material which has found its way into it while melted, or when brought by some other means into a fluid or semi-fluid condition.
- To make a ditch; dig; delve. See dig.
- To dig; dig out; excavate. See dig.
- To inclose with a ditch or with ditches.
- To furnish with a dike; inclose, restrain, or protect by an embankment: as, to dike a river; to dike a tract of land.
- To surround with a stone wall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. enclose with a dike
- n. a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
- n. (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
Middle English, from Old English dīc, trench.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English (Northern) dik, dike, from Old Norse díki 'ditch, dike'. More at and doublet of ditch. (Wiktionary)