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Dictionary Definition



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; "spikes provide greater traction"
3 fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn [syn: ear, capitulum]
4 (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
5 a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline; "the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
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 long sharp-pointed object
9 a long metal nail


1 stand in the way of
2 pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer" [syn: transfix, impale, empale]
3 secure with spikes
4 bring forth a spike or spikes; "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now" [syn: spike out]
5 add alcohol beverages [syn: lace, fortify]
6 manifest a sharp increase; "the voltage spiked"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Spike



spīca "ear of grain"



  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.
  3. An ear of grain.
  4. In the context of "botany": A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  5. (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
  6. A sharp peak in a graph.
  7. An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  8. In the context of "zoology": An adolescent male deer.


very large nail
anything resembling like a nail in shape
  • Danish: spids, pig
  • Finnish: piikki
  • German: Spitze, Stachel
  • Japanese: 針
  • Russian: штырь , шпиль (špil') , шип (šyp)
  • Spanish: pincho, punta
ear of grain
  • Japanese: 穂
  • Spanish: espiga
botany: kind of inflorescence
  • Danish: aks
  • Finnish: tähkä
  • Japanese: 穂状花序
informal: running shoes with spikes in the soles
  • Danish: pigsko
  • Japanese: スパイク靴
sharp peak in a graph
  • Danish: spids, top
  • Japanese: 針
  • Spanish: pico
zoology: an adolescent male deer
  • Japanese: 牡鹿


  1. To put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
  2. To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  3. To hammer an iron spike into the touch hole so as to render a gun unusable.
    He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer’s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun. — Frederick Marryat, "Peter Simple", 1834
  4. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
    • October 14, 2002, Jonathan Sale, The Guardian, Edward VIII news blackout.
      Instead, the "Beaver" declared he would spike the story about Wallis Simpson and make sure his fellow media moguls sat on it too.


Extensive Definition

Spike may refer to:

Device to puncture or fasten


Fictional characters


Books and magazines

Film and television


Software Developement

Other uses

As a verb:
  • The act of driving a spike into the firing mechanism of a cannon, rendering it temporarily useless.
  • The act of driving a spike into a tree, making it dangerous to cut with a chainsaw.
  • The act of adding extra alcohol to a party beverage, generally without the knowledge of other partygoers.
  • The act of injecting a hypodermic needle
spike in German: Spike
spike in Spanish: Spike
spike in Italian: Spike
spike in Japanese: スパイク
spike in Polish: Spike
spike in Simple English: Spike

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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