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Dictionary definition for: Spike

1. (n) a transient variation in voltage or current

2. (v) stand in the way of

3. (n) sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; "spikes provide greater traction"

4. (v) pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"

5. (n) fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

6. (v) secure with spikes

7. (n) (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis

8. (v) bring forth a spike or spikes; "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"

9. (n) a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline; "the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"

10. (v) add alcohol beverages

11. (n) a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall

12. (v) manifest a sharp increase; "the voltage spiked"

13. (n) a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)

14. (n) any holding device consisting of a long sharp-pointed object

15. (n) a long metal nail

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