Definitions for: Dike

[n] a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
[n] offensive terms for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
[v] enclose with a dike; "dike the land to protect it from water"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dike, n. [OE. dic, dike, diche, ditch, AS. d?c dike,
ditch; akin to D. dijk dike, G. deich, and prob. teich pond,
Icel. d?ki dike, ditch, Dan. dige; perh. akin to Gr. ? (for
?) wall, and even E. dough; or perh. to Gr. ? pool, marsh.
Cf. Ditch.]
1. A ditch; a channel for water made by digging.

Little channels or dikes cut to every bed. --Ray.

2. An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee.

Dikes that the hands of the farmers had raised . . .
Shut out the turbulent tides. --Longfellow.

3. A wall of turf or stone. [Scot.]

4. (Geol.) A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an
intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures
in the original strata.

Dike, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Diking.] [OE. diken, dichen, AS. d[=i]cian to dike. See
1. To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure
with a bank.

2. To drain by a dike or ditch.

Dike, v. i.
To work as a ditcher; to dig. [Obs.]

He would thresh and thereto dike and delve. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: butch, dam, dyke, dyke, dyke, levee

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