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dike

Noun

1 offensive terms for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine [syn: butch, dyke]
2 a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea [syn: dam, dyke, levee] v : enclose with a dike; "dike the land to protect it from water" [syn: dyke]

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English

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Etymology

  • Old English dīċ (the source of both 'ditch' and 'dike', the southern English 'c' being soft while the northern was hard).

Noun

  1. The northern English form of ditch.
  2. A ditch and bank running alongside each other (the excavation was the soruce of the material of the embankment.)
  3. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
  4. A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
  5. A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.

Synonyms

barrier of stone or earth long, narrow excavation

Antonyms

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Translations

barrier of stone or earth
entrenchment
For translations in the sense of "lesbian", see dyke.

See also

Esperanto

Adverb

  1. thickly

Swedish

Noun

sv-noun-n dike
  1. ditch; A small body of flowing water in a constructed channel, for irrigation or drainage.
  2. The area next to the road.
    Han körde i diket med sin nya bil. = He went off the road with his new car.

Extensive Definition

Dyke or Dike may refer to:
  • Dike (construction), either a long wall or bank built to keep out the sea or enclose or separate land, or the ditch from which the material was dug, or the combination of the two
  • Dike (geology), a long mass of minerals, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata
  • Dyke (slang), a slang term, sometimes offensive, for a woman who is attracted to other women, a lesbian
  • Dikes, a term for diagonal pliers, a hand tool used by electricians and others
Dyke or Dykes is the name of:
Dyke or Dike may refer to the following places or features:
Dike may also refer to:
dike in German: Dijk
dike in Dutch: Dijk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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