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English noun: spike

1. spike (event) a transient variation in voltage or current


Broader (hypernym)electrical discharge

2. spike (artifact) sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes


SamplesSpikes provide greater traction.


Broader (hypernym)sports equipment


Narrower (hyponym)climber, climbing iron, crampon, crampoon, piton, pricket


Part meronymshoe

3. spike (plant) fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn


Synonymscapitulum, ear


Broader (hypernym)fruit


Narrower (hyponym)mealie


Part meronymcorn, Indian corn, maize, Zea mays

4. spike (plant) (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis


Broader (hypernym)inflorescence


Part holonymspadix


Domain categorybotany, phytology

5. spike (event) a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline


SamplesThe seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor.


Broader (hypernym)rise

6. spike (artifact) a very high narrow heel on women's shoes


Synonymsspike heel, stiletto heel


Broader (hypernym)heel

7. spike (artifact) each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)


SamplesThe second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game.
Golfers' spikes damage the putting greens.


Broader (hypernym)point


Narrower (hyponym)gaff

8. spike (artifact) a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)


Broader (hypernym)projection

9. spike (artifact) a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)


SamplesOne of the spikes impaled him.


Broader (hypernym)implement

10. spike (artifact) any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object


SamplesThe spike pierced the receipts and held them in order.


Synonymsspindle


Broader (hypernym)holding device

11. spike (artifact) a large stout nail


SamplesThey used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie.


Broader (hypernym)nail


English verb: spike

1. spike (social) stand in the way of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)banish, bar, relegate

2. spike (contact) pierce with a sharp stake or point


SamplesImpale a shrimp on a skewer.


Synonymsempale, impale, transfix


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pierce, thrust


Narrower (hyponym)pin, spear

3. spike (contact) secure with spikes


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

4. spike (change) bring forth a spike or spikes


SamplesMy hyacinths and orchids are spiking now.


Synonymsspike out


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)develop

5. spike (change) add alcohol to (beverages)


SamplesThe punch is spiked!.


Synonymsfortify, lace


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

6. spike (change) manifest a sharp increase


SamplesThe voltage spiked.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)increase









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