"spike" in the noun sense
a transient variation in voltage or current
sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
"spikes provide greater traction"
3. ear, spike, capitulum
fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
"the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor"
6. spike heel, spike, stiletto heel
a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves
"the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"
"golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal
"one of the spikes impaled him"
10. spike, spindle
any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
"the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order"
a large stout nail
"they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie"
"spike" in the verb sense
stand in the way of
2. transfix, impale, empale, spike
pierce with a sharp stake or point
"impale a shrimp on a skewer"
secure with spikes
4. spike, spike out
bring forth a spike or spikes
"my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now"
5. spike, lace, fortify
add alcohol to (beverages
"the punch is spiked!"
manifest a sharp increase
"the voltage spiked"
Source: WordNet® (An amazing lexical database of English)
Princeton University "About WordNet®."
WordNet®. Princeton University. 2010.
View WordNet® License