Noun: spike spIk
Verb: spike spIk
- A transient variation in voltage or current
- Sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
"spikes provide greater traction"
- Fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
- ear, capitulum
- (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
- A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
"the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
- A very high narrow heel on women's shoes
- spike heel, stiletto heel, stiletto
- Each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
"the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"; "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
- A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
- A long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
"one of the spikes impaled him"
- Any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
"the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order";
- A large stout nail
"they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railway tie"
- Stand in the way of
- Pierce with a sharp stake or point
"spike a shrimp on a skewer";
- transfix, impale, empale
- Secure with spikes
- Bring forth a spike or spikes
"my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now";
- spike out
- (cooking) add alcohol to (beverages)
"the punch is spiked!";
- lace, fortify
- Manifest a sharp increase
"the voltage spiked"
Derived forms: spikes, spiked, spiking
Type of: alter, banish, bar, change, develop, electrical discharge, fasten, fix, fruit, heel, holding device, implement, increase, inflorescence, modify, nail, pierce, point, projection, relegate, rise, secure, sports equipment, thrust
Part of: corn, Indian corn, maize, shoe, Zea mays
Encyclopedia: Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes