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SPIKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spike mean? 

SPIKE (noun)
  The noun SPIKE has 9 senses:

1. a transient variation in voltage or current
2. sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
3. fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
4. (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
5. a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
6. a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall
7. a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
8. any holding device consisting of a sharp-pointed object
9. a long metal nail

  Familiarity information: SPIKE used as a noun is familiar.


SPIKE (verb)
  The verb SPIKE has 6 senses:

1. stand in the way of
2. pierce with a sharp stake or point
3. secure with spikes
4. bring forth a spike or spikes
5. add alcohol to (beverages)
6. manifest a sharp increase

  Familiarity information: SPIKE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPIKE (noun)


Sense 1spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A transient variation in voltage or current

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

electrical discharge (a discharge of electricity)


Sense 2spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

spikes provide greater traction

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

sports equipment (equipment needed to participate in a particular sport)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spike"):

climber; climbing iron; crampon; crampoon (an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing)

piton (a metal spike with a hole for a rope; mountaineers drive it into ice or rock to use as a hold)

pricket (a sharp metal spike to hold a candle)

Holonyms ("spike" is a part of...):

shoe (footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material)


Sense 3spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

capitulum; spike; ear

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

fruit (the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spike"):

mealie (an ear of corn)

Holonyms ("spike" is a part of...):

corn; Indian corn; maize; Zea mays (tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times)


Sense 4spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

inflorescence (the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk)

Meronyms (parts of "spike"):

spadix (the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe)

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)


Sense 5spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

rise (a growth in strength or number or importance)


Sense 6spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

projection (any structure that branches out from a central support)


Sense 7spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

implement (instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end)


Sense 8spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any holding device consisting of a sharp-pointed object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

holding device (a device for holding something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spike"):

gaff (a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock)


Sense 9spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long metal nail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spike" is a kind of...):

nail (a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener)


SPIKE (verb)


Sense 1spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stand in the way of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

banish; bar; relegate (expel, as if by official decree)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pierce with a sharp stake or point

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

empale; impale; spike; transfix

Context example:

impale a shrimp on a skewer

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

pierce; thrust (penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spike"):

pin (pierce with a pin)

spear (pierce with a spear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure with spikes

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring forth a spike or spikes

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

spike out; spike

Context example:

my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add alcohol to (beverages)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fortify; lace; spike

Context example:

the punch is spiked!

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6spike [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Manifest a sharp increase

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the voltage spiked

Hypernyms (to "spike" is one way to...):

increase (become bigger or greater in amount)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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