• WordNet 3.6
    • v dike enclose with a dike "dike the land to protect it from water"
    • n dike a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
    • n dike (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dike A ditch; a channel for water made by digging. "Little channels or dikes cut to every bed."
    • Dike A wall of turf or stone.
    • Dike (Geol) A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata.
    • Dike An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee. "Dikes that the hands of the farmers had raised . . . Shut out the turbulent tides."
    • Dike To drain by a dike or ditch.
    • Dike To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
    • v. i Dike To work as a ditcher; to dig. "He would thresh and thereto dike and delve."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dike A channel for water made by digging; a ditch; a moat. See ditch.
    • n dike A small pond or pool.
    • n dike A ridge or bank of earth thrown up in excavating canal or a ditch; specifically, such a ridge or bank thrown up to prevent low lands from being overflowed; a continuous dam confining or restraining the waters of a stream or of the sea: as, the Netherlands are defended from the sea by dikes.
    • n dike A low wall or fence of stone or turf, dividing or inclosing fields, etc. A dry dike is such a wall built without mortar. See fail-dike.
    • n dike In geology, a fissure in rocks filled with material which has found its way into it while melted, or when brought by some other means into a fluid or semi-fluid condition. Most dikes are, in fact, filled with lava or some form of eruptive rock. A dike differs from a vein in that the latter has been slowly filled by agencies either identical with or allied in character to those ordinarily designated by the term metamorphic, while the former has, in most cases at least, been rapidly filled, so that it consists essentially of the same material through from one side to the other, and at all depths. A mineral vein or lode, on the other hand, may differ very greatly in its contents in various parts, in width as well as in depth.
    • dike To make a ditch; dig; delve. See dig.
    • dike To dig; dig out; excavate. See dig.
    • dike To inclose with a ditch or with ditches.
    • dike To furnish with a dike; inclose, restrain, or protect by an embankment: as, to dike a river; to dike a tract of land.
    • dike To surround with a stone wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dike dīk a trench, or the earth dug out and thrown up: a ditch: a mound raised to prevent inundation: in Scotland, a wall (Dry-stane dike, a wall without mortar; Fail-dike, a wall of turf), sometimes even a thorn-hedge:
    • v.t Dike to surround with a dike or bank
    • n Dike dīk (geol.) a wall-like mass of igneous rock in the fissures of stratified rocks
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
  • Morris L. Ernst
    Morris L. Ernst
    “Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dic, dike, diche, ditch, AS. dīc, dike, ditch; akin to D. dijk, dike, G. deich, and prob. teich, pond, Icel. dīki, dike, ditch, Dan. dige,; perh. akin to Gr. tei^chosfor qei^chos) wall, and even E. dough,; or perh. to Gr. ti^fos pool, marsh. Cf. Ditch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. díc; Dut. dijk, Ger. teich, a pond; perh. conn. with Gr. teichos, a wall or rampart. See Dig, Ditch.


In literature:

Four dikes or embankments, each two lances broad, led to the city.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Thickets of forest-trees choked their orchards; the ocean broke over their neglected dikes, and desolated their meadows.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Dikes were broken down.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Slowly and for several hours they climbed this vast dike.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Our bench-mark there on the dike is more than two hundred feet above that spike we drove into your porch post.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Against this dike there now burst the full fury of the German advance made by the armies of Kluck and Buelow.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
There is a tradition in Holland that when, in 1440, the dikes were broken down by a violent tempest, the sea overflowed the meadows.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
A strong dike protected it from the ocean, the sluices only admitting sufficient water for the needs of the town.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
A little below was a second of these singular dikes, which run for twenty miles or more.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Other dikes of more modern doleritic lava radiate from the present crater.
"Etna" by G. F. Rodwell

In poetry:

Dry dikes rise hill on hill;
In sloughs of tidal slime
Shellfish deposit lime,
Wild seafowl creep at will.
"By The Road To The Air Base" by Yvor Winters
The low, bare flats at ebb-tide, the rush of the sea
at flood,
Through inlet and creek and river, from dike to
upland wood;
"Marguerite" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Flood hath swallowed dikes and hedges,
Lately by Sesostris planned;
Till, like ropes, its matted edges
Quiver on the desert sand.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"The living fountain overflows
For every flock, for every lamb,
Nor heeds, though angry creeds oppose
With Luther's dike or Calvin's dam."
"Robinson Of Leyden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Turning his bridle, Robert Lee
Rode to the rear. Like waves of the sea,
Bursting their dikes in their overflow,
Madly his veterans dashed on the foe.
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
Hoarse drooping darkness hung me with a shroud
And switched at me with shrivelled leaves in scorn.
Red morning stole beneath a grinning cloud,
And suddenly clambering over dike and thorn
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

Body of missing fisherman recovered near Texas City Dike .
Dike 's goal lifts Timbers in 1-0 win over Rapids.
Bright Dike , middle, of Portland Timbers celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids on Friday in Portland, Oregon.
The failing dikes of Greenwich, which have been struggling to hold back salt water from the historic town, might finally be getting addressed.
A ban on vendors selling to Texas City Dike patrons has been lifted after more than two years.
Reinbeck 8th Grade Boys Basketball win over Dike N-H By Coach Steve Luethje.
More than $4 million will pay for ring dikes around farmsteads in the Red River Valley, but flood protection is only a secondary goal for the federal program.
Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer Rich Prizner of Cleveland fishes Sunday at Gordon Park with Dike 14 in the background.
The government agency that oversees the Dike 14 Nature Preserve passed on a chance to pick up a $1 million grant to create trails, remove invasive plants and prepare the 88-acre site for public access.
Planning the 'Ike Dike ' Defense.
The Knights scored 160 points followed by Hudson with 129, New Hartford- Dike 82, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 76, Jesup 56, Aplington-Parkersburg 44 and NU 8.
Authorities also asked the 1,000 residents who live between the main dikes and the backup dikes in various parts of the city to leave within 24 hours.
Officials vowed to build the dikes higher, but there was a growing sense the city's best efforts might not be enough.
The children of Sderot are the finger in the Gaza dike .
Is the Dike About to Break.

In science:

Tertiary intrusive rocks, mainly rhyolite-phonolite dikes, are fairly abundant in the district.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Dike, Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanics (The Parabolic Press, Stanford, California, 1975).
The math must be right: Comment on "Dimensional analysis, falling bodies, and the fine art of not solving differential equations" by C. F. Bohren [Am. J. Phys. 72, 534-537 (2004)]
The construction which this research applies is Tan Thanh’s dike road, Go Cong town, Tien Giang Province.
New Study Results the Secondary Settlement for Vertical Total Stress on Highway Construction built on Soft Ground in the Mekong Delta