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Device to puncture or fasten


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Books and magazines

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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Latin spīca "ear of grain"





spike (plural spikes)

  1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
  2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
  3. An ear of grain.
  4. (botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  5. (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
  6. A sharp peak in a graph.
  7. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  8. (zoology) An adolescent male deer.
  9. a surge in power.
  10. (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.




to spike

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to spike (third-person singular simple present spikes, present participle spiking, simple past and past participle spiked)

  1. To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
  2. 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.
  3. (volleyball) 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.
  4. (military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
    He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer’s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun.Frederick Marryat, "Peter Simple", 1834
  5. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
    • October 14, 2002, Jonathan Sale, The Guardian, Edward VIII news blackout.
      Instead, the "Beaver" declared he would spike the story about Wallis Simpson and make sure his fellow media moguls sat on it too.




Simple English

The English Wiktionary has a dictionary definition (meanings of a word) for:

Spike could mean:

  • Nail, especially one more than 100mm (4 inches) long
  • Rail spikes used to secure railroad rails to the wooden ties
  • Spiked shoes worn by athletes, which provide more traction (similar to cleats)
  • An adolescent male deer or male elk
  • The Spike is a widely used nickname for the Spire of Dublin, a massive needle-like structure erected in Dublin in 2003
  • Spike TV, a cable network that caters to a young male demographic (originally known as TNN, The National Network, or The Nashville Network)
  • Spike missile, an Israel-developed guided anti-tank missile
  • Spike bayonet, chiefly used on early muskets
  • Voltage spike, or electrical surge
  • The action potential which transmits signals along a nerve axon is often called a spike
  • Spike is a botanical term for an unbranched, indeterminate inflorescence with sessile flowers arranged along the axis
  • Spike (company), a video game company

Media with Spike in the title include:

  • The Spike (Borchgrave/Moss), a 1980 novel by Arnaud de Borchgrave, former editor of The Washington Times
  • Spike of Bensonhurst, a 1988 movie directed by Paul Morrisey
  • Spike (Elvis Costello album), a 1989 album by Elvis Costello
  • The Spike (1997), a 1997 book by Damien Broderick
  • Spike (Puffy AmiYumi album), a 2001 album by Puffy AmiYumi

A number of famous people are named Spike, including:

  • Spike, a newcomer Romanian rapper promoted by Parazitii
  • Spike Lee, a filmmaker
  • Spike Jonze, a filmmaker
  • Spike Jones, a satirist
  • Spike Milligan, a satirist
  • Spike Robinson, a jazz musician
  • Spike Slawson, a punk vocalist and bassist of the Swinging Utters and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Matt Hyson (aka Spike Dudley), former professional wrestler
  • Spike (porn star), a gay pornography actor
  • Spike Feresten, television writer and talk show host
  • Spike Xavier, Lead Singer of Nu-Metal band Corporate Avenger
  • Spike, a Welsh musician, co-founder of Z Block Records, Reptile Ranch and Weekend
  • Spike O'Donnell, famous Irish/American gangster from Chicago.

A number of fictional characters have been named Spike, including:

  • Spike, a main playable character in the Ape Escape video game series
  • Spike Spiegel, from the Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop
  • Spike (Buffyverse), a vampire
  • Spike, Fonzie's cousin in Happy Days
  • Spike Fumo, in Spike of Bensonhurst
  • Christine "Spike" Nelson, in the Degrassi series
  • Spike Thomson, in Press Gang
  • Spike, a member of the Screws Gang in Medabots
  • Spike Lester, a character on the soap opera Passions
  • The Spike (Marvel Comics), a member of the X-Statix
  • Spike Freeman, another character in Marvel Comics' X-Statix/X-Force
  • Spike (The Land Before Time), a young stegosaurus in The Land Before Time film series
  • "Spike" Stoker, a supporting character from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books
  • Joshua "Spike" Cohen, a Jew from Tom Robbins' novel Skinny Legs and All.
  • Spike, a character originating in Super Mario Bros. 3 who launches spiked mace balls at the player
  • Spike, the boss of the Midday Gardens world in the "Spyro: Year of the Dragon" video game
  • Spike, a character in the DC Comics comic book Sugar and Spike
  • Spike Lavery, a character on All My Children, he the son Kendall and Ryan.
  • Father Spike, a high-church parish priest who is mentioned in C.S. Lewis' book The Screwtape Letters
  • Spike, Roger Wilco's alien pet in Space Quest V: The Next Mutation
  • Spike, a porcupine from the movie Over the Hedge
  • Spike Witwicky, a character from the Transformers TV cartoon series and comic books.
  • Spike (NX Files), a fictional character in an action-adventure web-show called NX Files.

A number of cartoon dogs have been named Spike:

  • Spike (Peanuts), Snoopy's brother in Peanuts
  • Spike (Tom and Jerry), Tom's nemesis in the cartoon series Tom and Jerry
  • Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier, in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons
  • Spike, the family pet in Rugrats
  • Spike, Heathcliff's nemesis in the comic strip and animated series Heathcliff
  • Spike, Droopy's nemesis in Tex Avery's Droopy Dog theatrical cartoon series

As a place name, Spike may refer to:

In sports, Spike may refer to:

  • A spike is an offensive attack in volleyball
  • Spiking in American football is to throw the ball forcefully and intentionally into the ground
  • In Track and Field and cross country running, spiking an opponent (or sometimes, inadvertently, a team mate) is to kick them with the metal spikes in the bottom of the runner's shoe.

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