Main definitions of dyke in English

: dyke1dyke2

dyke1

(also dike)

noun

informal, offensive
  • A lesbian.

Origin

1940s (earlier as bulldyke): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dyke

/dīk//daɪk/

Main definitions of dyke in English

: dyke1dyke2

dyke2

noun

  • variant spelling of dike
    • ‘He is remembered as a benevolent ruler who increased agricultural production and built dams, dikes, and bridges for the Vietnamese people.’
    • ‘As they camped in the fields in sight of the city walls the Mongols surprised them by smashing the dams and dikes nearby and flooding the encampment.’
    • ‘The Netherlands is a land protected from flooding by dykes and dams.’
    • ‘We have pumps to pump out the water that is continually leaking into our polders through the dikes.’
    • ‘Submissive magistrates were dismissed and William took the decision to cut the dykes and deliberately flood the area surrounding Leyden.’
    • ‘Over a quarter of the Netherlands lies below sea level, relying on a network of dykes, canals and pumps to stay dry.’
    • ‘The area flanks Lake Pontchartrain and suffered from floods when a canal dike burst.’
    • ‘With their gently sloping sides, Sanxingdui's walls may instead have been dikes for flood control.’
    • ‘They lost a string of fortresses, and the province of Holland was only saved by a man-made flood when the dykes were deliberately opened.’
    • ‘Part of South Milford was flooded yesterday after swollen dykes overflowed into High Street, leaving the village playing field, post office and several houses under water.’
    • ‘By the 1920S, the Army Corps of Engineers built sturdier dikes, and valley flooding virtually ceased.’
    • ‘Ponds are separated by dikes that prevent flooding and provide access routes to the ponds for electricity and aerator motors.’
    • ‘The authorities began working frantically up the river, using whatever materials and means available to construct dykes, dams and levees.’
    • ‘They cleared it of stones and wood and built dykes and houses and herded cattle.’
    • ‘It also refers to the Delta Works, the network of dykes and dams that protect the Netherlands province of Zeeland from sea flooding.’
    • ‘More than 870,000 workers have been deployed to fight the floods and reinforce dykes along the Yangtze river.’
    • ‘Moreover, they tended to live near dykes designed to irrigate rice farms.’
    • ‘A lot of the route is along the dykes that prevent the river from flooding the neighbouring fields.’
    • ‘Local authorities were ordered to step up patrols along dams and dikes.’
    • ‘Richmond has dykes, but they were built to protect against flooding from the Fraser, and as the ocean rises, such floods will become increasingly difficult to deal with.’

Pronunciation

dyke

/dīk//daɪk/