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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.


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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