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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

Singular
dike

Plural
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  1. (UK) 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.
    • 1891: Hale, Susan. Mexico, 100, London: T. Fisher Unwin.
      • The king of Texcuco advised the building of a great dike, so thick and strong as to keep out the water.
  4. (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
  5. (geology) 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

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Translations

entrenchment

For translations in the sense of "lesbian", see dyke.

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Esperanto

Adverb

dike

  1. thickly

Swedish

Noun

Inflection for dike Singular Plural
neuter Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative dike diket diken dikena
Genitive dikes dikets dikens dikenas
  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.

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