dike

dyke, dike
In the meaning ‘embankment’, dyke is the preferred form. This is also true of the different (slang) word dyke, meaning ‘a lesbian’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Dike — Dike, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diking}.] [OE. diken, dichen, AS. d[=i]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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dike — Dike, v. i. To work as a ditcher; to dig. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He would thresh and thereto dike and delve. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dike — Dike, IA U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 944 Housing Units (2000): 393 Land area (2000): 1.304685 sq. miles (3.379118 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.304685 sq. miles (3.379118 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Dike, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 944 Housing Units (2000): 393 Land area (2000): 1.304685 sq. miles (3.379118 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.304685 sq. miles (3.379118 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • dike — [daık] n [: Old English; Origin: dic ditch, dike ] another spelling of ↑dyke …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dike — dike1 [dīk] n. [ME < OE dic & ON diki, akin to DITCH, Du dijk, Ger deich < IE base * dhēigw , * dhīgw , to pierce, fasten > L figere, FIX] 1. [Now Brit. Dial.] a) a ditch or watercourse b) the bank of earth thrown up in digging a ditch …   English World dictionary

  • Dike — (gr.), 1) Gerechtigkeit; 2) (Myth.), die Göttin der Gerechtigkeit, s. Asträa, auch eine der Horen; 3) Privatrechtshandel, s. Athen (Ant.) C) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Dike — (»Gerechtigkeit«), eine der Horen (s. d.), Beisitzerin ihres Vaters Zeus, dem sie alle Untaten der Menschen, namentlich ungerechte Richtersprüche, anzeigt; auch verfolgt sie ähnlich den Erinyen selbst die Missetäter. Mit der Zeit ward sie der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dike — (grch.), in der griech. Mythologie eine der Horen (s.d.), Tochter des Zeus und der Themis, die Göttin der strafenden und vergeltenden Gerechtigkeit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dike — Dike, myth., Tochter des Zeus und der Themis, Göttin der Gerechtigkeit, insofern diese im Gerichte waltend ge dacht wird …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon


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