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Definition of DIKE

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Dike \Dike\, v. i.
     To work as a ditcher; to dig. [Obs.]
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           He would thresh and thereto dike and delve. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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

              Little channels or dikes cut to every bed. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

     2. An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee. [1913 Webster]

              Dikes that the hands of the farmers had raised . . . Shut out the turbulent tides.         --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     3. A wall of turf or stone. [Scot.]
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     4. (Geol.) A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dike \Dike\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diking}.] [OE. diken, dichen, AS. d[imac]cian to dike. See {Dike}.]
     1. To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank. [1913 Webster]

     2. To drain by a dike or ditch.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

dike
   vt.

      To remove or disable a portion of something, as a wire from a computer or a subroutine from a program. A standard slogan is ?When in doubt, dike it out?. (The implication is that it is usually more effective to attack software problems by reducing complexity than by increasing it.) The word
      ?dikes? is widely used to mean ?diagonal cutters?, a kind of wire cutter. To ?dike something out? means to use such cutters to remove something. Indeed, the TMRC Dictionary defined dike as ?to attack with dikes?. Among hackers this term has been metaphorically extended to informational objects such as sections of code.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

346 Moby Thesaurus words for "dike":
     Autobahn, US highway, abatis, abysm, abyss, advanced work, alley, alleyway, aqueduct, arch dam, arroyo, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, artificial lake, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, backstop, balistraria, bamboo curtain, bank, banquette, bar, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barrage, barricade, barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, bayou lake, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, belt highway, blind alley, boom, bore, boulevard, box canyon, breach, break, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, buffer, bulkhead, bulwark, burrow, bypass, byway, camino real, canal, canalization, canalize, canyon, carriageway, carve, casemate, causeway, causey, cavity, chamfer, channel, chap, chasm, chaussee, check, cheval-de-frise, chimney, chink, chisel, chute, circumferential, circumvallation, cistern, cleft, cleuch, close, clough, cofferdam, col, contravallation, corduroy road, corrugate, coulee, couloir, counterscarp, country rock, county road, court, crack, cranny, crescent, crevasse, crevice, crimp, cul-de-sac, curtain, cut, cwm, dado, dam, dead water, dead-end street, defense, defile, dell, delve, demibastion, deposit, dig, dig out, dirt road, ditch, donga, draw, drawbridge, dredge, drill, drive, driveway, earthwork, embankment, enclosure, engrave, entanglement, entrenchment, escarp, escarpment, etang, excavate, excavation, expressway, farm pond, fault, fence, fieldwork, fishpond, fissure, flaw, flume, flute, fortalice, fortification, fosse, fracture, freeway, freshwater lake, furrow, gangue, gap, gape, gash, gate, glacial lake, glacis, goffer, gorge, gouge, gouge out, gravel road, gravity dam, groin, groove, grub, gulch, gulf, gully, gutter, ha-ha, highroad, highway, highways and byways, hole, hydraulic-fill dam, incise, incision, inland sea, interstate highway, iron curtain, jam, jetty, joint, kennel, kloof, lagoon, laguna, lake, lakelet, landlocked water, lane, leak, leaping weir, levee, linn, local road, loch, lode, lodestuff, logjam, loophole, lough, lower, lunette, machicolation, main drag, main road, mantelet, matrix, mere, merlon, mews, milldam, millpond, millpool, mine, mineral deposit, moat, mole, motorway, mound, notch, nullah, nyanza, opening, ore bed, outwork, oxbow lake, palisade, parados, parapet, parkway, pass, passage, pave, paved road, pay dirt, pike, place, plank road, plash, pleat, plow, pond, pondlet, pool, portcullis, postern gate, primary highway, private road, puddle, quarry, rabbet, rampart, ravelin, ravine, redan, redoubt, rent, reservoir, rifle, rift, right-of-way, rime, ring road, road, roadbed, roadblock, roadway, rock-fill dam, route nationale, row, royal road, rupture, rut, salina, sally port, salt pond, sap, scarp, scissure, sconce, scoop, scoop out, score, scrabble, scrape, scratch, seam, seawall, secondary road, shoot, shovel, shutter dam, sink, slit, slot, spade, speedway, split, stagnant water, standing water, state highway, still water, stock, stockade, stone wall, streak, street, striate, sump, sunk fence, superhighway, tank, tarn, tenaille, terrace, thoroughfare, through street, thruway, tidal pond, toll road, township road, trench, trough, tunnel, turnpike, vallation, valley, vallum, vein, void, volcanic lake, wadi, wall, water hole, water pocket, weir, well, wicket dam, work, wrinkle, wynd


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