pike

A pike was a long, spear-like weapon that infantry troops used in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Fighting with a pike while riding a horse required great balance.

The difference between a pike and a spear is that a pike must be held with two hands in order to be thrust in the direction of an enemy fighter. The pointed end of a pike or spear is also known as a pike. It might seem confusing that a pike is also a type of freshwater fish, until you see the pike's sharp, pointed (pike-like) nose. In transportation, pike can refer to a highway. Finally, pike can mean a position in gymnastics or diving in which an athlete bends at the waist with toes pointed. The Old English root, piic, means "point."

Primary Meanings of pike

1.
n
medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
2.
n
highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh
3.
n
a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
Full Definitions of pike
1

n medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet

Types:
halberd
a pike fitted with an ax head
partisan, partizan
a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
vouge
a kind of pike used by foot soldiers in the 14th century
Type of:
arm, weapon, weapon system
any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

n a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)

Type of:
point
sharp end
2

n highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh

Types:
muskellunge
flesh of very large North American pike; a game fish
pickerel
flesh of young or small pike
Type of:
freshwater fish
flesh of fish from fresh water used as food

n any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere

Types:
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Esox lucius, northern pike
voracious piscivorous pike of waters of northern hemisphere
Esox masquinongy, muskellunge
large (60 to 80 pounds) sport fish of North America
pickerel
any of several North American species of small pike
Esox niger, chain pickerel, chain pike
common in quiet waters of eastern United States
Esox americanus, barred pickerel, redfin pickerel
small but gamy pickerel of Atlantic coastal states
Type of:
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
3

n a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic

Synonyms:
expressway, freeway, motorway, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
Types:
autobahn
an expressway in a German-speaking country
autostrada
an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
toll road, turnpike
an expressway on which tolls are collected
Type of:
highway, main road
a major road for any form of motor transport

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