a transient variation in voltage or current
sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
"spikes provide greater traction"
ear, spike, capitulum(noun)
fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
"the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
spike heel, spike, stiletto heel(noun)
a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
"the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"; "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
"one of the spikes impaled him"
any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
"the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
a large stout nail
"they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
stand in the way of
transfix, impale, empale, spike(verb)
pierce with a sharp stake or point
"impale a shrimp on a skewer"
secure with spikes
spike, spike out(verb)
bring forth a spike or spikes
"my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"
spike, lace, fortify(verb)
add alcohol to (beverages)
"the punch is spiked!"
manifest a sharp increase
"the voltage spiked"
To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
To add a small amount of one substance to another.
The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.
To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
To decide not to publish or make public.
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How to use spike in a sentence?
We have to do it, if we are unwilling to do it, more businesses will die and that spike will be more damaging than anything we've faced so far.
The sanctions on Iran have turned out to be a damp squib for the time being with the Trump administration granting exemptions, the exemptions have even surprised Saudi Arabia as oil supplies from Iran are likely to spike in the coming days.
Whenever a war starts, there's a big spike in graphic violence.
It would be a catastrophic thing to do for our people and for our economy if we sent people back to work just as we were beginning to see the impact of social distancing take hold only to unleash a second spike in infections.
In the wake of the current spike in COVID hospitalizations, calling the labor market for registered nurses' cutthroat' is an understatement, even if the health care sector can somehow find more beds, it can not just go out and buy more front-line caregivers.
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- urpa, espigaCatalan, Valencian
- aks, spiger, nagle, spids, top, pig, pigskoDanish
- Nagel, Spitze, Stachel, Ähre, GetreideähreGerman
- clavo, pincho, espiga, punta, picoSpanish
- piikki, tähkäFinnish
- crampons, épiFrench
- chiodo, punta, amento, spiga, picco, schiacciata, lancia, arpione, scarpa chiodata, cerbiattoItalian
- 牡鹿, 針, スパイク靴, 穂, 穂状花序, スパイクJapanese
- espinho, espiga, EspigãoPortuguese
- spia, speia, spigiaRomansh
- țăruș, piron, spicRomanian
- костыль, нагель, штырь, шиповки, шпиль, скачок, остриё, атакующий удар, колос, нападающий удар, клин, шип, атакa, удар, ударить, атаковать, нападатьRussian
- ispica, ipiga, ispiga, spigaSardinian
- mũi nhọnVietnamese
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