1. A ditch; a channel for water made by digging.
Little channels or dikes cut to every bed. --Ray.
2. An embankment to prevent inundations; a levee.
Dikes that the hands of the farmers had raised . . .
Shut out the turbulent tides. --Longfellow.
3. A wall of turf or stone. [Scot.]
4. Geol. A wall-like mass of mineral matter, usually an intrusion of igneous rocks, filling up rents or fissures in the original strata.
Dike, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diked p. pr. & vb. n. Diking.]
1. To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
2. To drain by a dike or ditch.
Dike, v. i. To work as a ditcher; to dig. [Obs.]
He would thresh and thereto dike and delve. --Chaucer.
n 1: offensive terms for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
[syn: butch, dyke]
2: a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to
keep out the sea [syn: dam, dyke, levee]
v : enclose with a dike; "dike the land to protect it from
water" [syn: dyke]