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."

Definitions of pike
  1. noun
    medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
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    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
    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
  2. noun
    a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
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    sharp end
  3. noun
    highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh
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    flesh of very large North American pike; a game fish
    flesh of young or small pike
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    freshwater fish
    flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
  4. noun
    any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere
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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
    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
  5. noun
    a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
    synonyms: expressway, freeway, motorway, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
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    an expressway in a German-speaking country
    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
  6. noun
    a position, as in gymnastics or diving, in which the legs are straight while the body is bent forward at the waist and the hands touch the feet or hold the calves
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    attitude, position, posture
    the arrangement of the body and its limbs
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