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  1. spike
    IPA[spīk]
  2. noun

    • 1. a thin, pointed piece of metal, wood, or another rigid material.

    • 2. a large stout nail, especially one used to fasten a rail to a railroad tie.

    • 3. each of several metal points set into the sole of an athletic shoe to prevent slipping.

    • 4. a pair of athletic shoes with metal points set into the sole.

    • 5. short for spike heel

    • 6. a hypodermic needle.

    • 7. a sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration of something:

      the oil price spike
    • 8. a pulse of very short duration in which a rapid increase in voltage is followed by a rapid decrease.

    verb

    • 1. impale on or pierce with a sharp point:

      she spiked another oyster
    • 2. injure (a player) with the spikes on one's shoes.

    • 3. (of a newspaper editor) reject (a story) by or as if by filing it on a spike:

      the editors deemed the article in bad taste and spiked it
    • 4. stop the progress of (a plan or undertaking); put an end to:

      he doubted they would spike the entire effort over this one negotiation
      Synonym : put a stop to, put an end to, put the lid on, scupper, scotch, derail, frustrate, foil, thwart, stymie, balk, hinder, obstruct, put paid to, put the kibosh on, clobber, dish
    • 5. render (a gun) useless by plugging up the vent with a spike.

    • 6. form into or cover with sharp points:

      his hair was matted and spiked with blood
    • 7. take on a sharp, pointed shape:

      lightning spiked across the sky
    • 8. increase and then decrease sharply; reach a peak:

      oil prices would spike and fall again
    • 9. add alcohol or a drug to contaminate (drink or food) surreptitiously:

      she bought me an orange juice and spiked it with vodka
      Synonym : adulterate, contaminate, drug, lace, slip a Mickey Finn into, dope, doctor, cut
    • 10. add sharp or pungent flavoring to (food or drink):

      spike the liquid with lime or lemon juice
    • 11. enrich (a nuclear reactor or its fuel) with a particular isotope:

      the plutonium mixture could be spiked with caesium-137
    • 12. (in volleyball) hit (the ball) forcefully from a position near the net so that it moves downward into the opposite court.

    • 13. fling (the ball) forcefully to the ground, typically in celebration of a touchdown.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: spike, plural noun: spikes

    • v.: verb: spike, 3rd person present: spikes, gerund or present participle: spiking, past tense: spiked, past participle: spiked

    • noun

      a flower cluster formed of many flower heads attached directly to a long stem.
    • noun

      a thin, pointed piece of metal, wood, or another rigid material.

      a large stout nail, especially one used to fasten a rail to a railway sleeper.

    • verb

      impale on or pierce with a sharp point:

      injure (a player) with the spikes on one's shoes.

    • noun

      a flower cluster formed of many flower heads attached directly to a long stem.
    • (born 1957), US filmmaker; born Shelton Jackson Lee. His work is noted for its treatment of controversial social issues. Movies for which he was writer, director, producer, and actor include She's Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), and Summer of Sam (1998).
    • noun

      a high tapering heel on a woman's shoe:
    • (1918–2002), Irish comedian and writer, born in India; born Terence Alan Milligan. He came to prominence in the cult radio programme The Goon Show (1951–9).
    • noun

      a high tapering heel on a woman's shoe:
    • (born 1957), US film director; born Shelton Jackson Lee. Lee's declared intention is to express the richness of black American culture; films such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992) sparked controversy with their treatment of racism.
    • thwart someone's plans
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