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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)

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 "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."