dike

A dike is a structure made of earth or stone that's used to hold back water. If you visit the Netherlands, you can see their elaborate system of dikes, without which much of the country would be underwater.

The verb dike means to enclose with a structure, like a wall or embankment, intended to hold back water. The Netherlands diked an inland sea, used pumping and other water control measures, and was able to reclaim flooded areas. The Dutch have used dikes to prevent flooding since the 12th century, and the word itself has the same roots as the Dutch word dijk.

Primary Meanings of dike

1.
nv
a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
enclose with a dike
2.
n
(slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
Full Definitions of dike
1

n a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

Synonyms:
dam, dyke
Examples:
Aswan High Dam
one of the world's largest dams on the Nile River in southern Egypt
Glen Canyon Dam
a large dam built in 1964 on the Colorado River in Arizona
Hoover Dam
a large dam built in 1933 on the Colorado River in Nevada
Types:
milldam
dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill
weir
a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
Type of:
barrier
a structure or object that impedes free movement

v enclose with a dike

dike the land to protect it from water”
Synonyms:
dyke
Type of:
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely
2

n (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine

Type of:
gay woman, lesbian, tribade
a female homosexual

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