Definition of "spike" []

  • A long, thick, sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal. (noun)
  • A heavy nail. (noun)
  • A spikelike part or projection, as: (noun)
  • A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall. (noun)
  • A thin, sharp-pointed vertical rod for impaling papers; a spindle. (noun)
  • A sharp point (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any sharp-pointed object, esp one made of metal (noun)
  • A long metal nail (noun)
  • A transient variation in voltage or current in an electric circuit (noun)
  • A graphical recording of this, such as one of the peaks on an electroencephalogram (noun)
  • A sudden increase (noun)
  • Shoes with metal projections on the sole and heel for greater traction, as used by athletes (noun)
  • The straight unbranched antler of a young deer (noun)
  • To secure or supply with or as with spikes (verb)
  • To render ineffective or block the intentions of; thwart (verb)
  • To impale on a spike (verb)
  • To add alcohol to (a drink) (verb)
  • To reject (a news story) (verb)
  • To hit (a ball) sharply downwards with an overarm motion from the front of one's own court into the opposing court (verb)
  • (formerly) to render (a cannon) ineffective by blocking its vent with a spike (verb)
  • To increase suddenly (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "spike" in a sentence
  • "Local Government Association chief John Ransford said there had been a "short term spike" in redundancies as councils made changes to cut long-term costs."
  • "At first, OPM officials attributed the poor performance to what they described as a spike in traffic from first-time visitors and old members logging in to check passwords."
  • ""The roll you get in the 'spike' is that 'ard you can't eat it nicely with less'n a pint of water," said the Carpenter, for my benefit."