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Definition of "dike" []

  • An embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A low wall, often of sod, dividing or enclosing lands. (noun)
  • A barrier blocking a passage, especially for protection. (noun)
  • A raised causeway. (noun)
  • A ditch; a channel. (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.

Use "dike" in a sentence
  • "Heavy rain can pour into the lake six times faster than it can be drained and at certain levels, the Corps of Engineers says, the dike is almost certain to fail."
  • "If their fingers slip from the hole in dike and the flood waters pour in, we may be left with no functioning schools, not just poorly funded and performing ones."
  • "Rush Limbaugh referred - used the word dike when talking about flooding in North Dakota."