Main definitions of dyke in English

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dyke1

noun

informal, offensive
  • A lesbian.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

dyke

/dīk/

Main definitions of dyke in English

: dyke1dyke2

dyke2

noun

  • variant spelling of dike
    • ‘The authorities began working frantically up the river, using whatever materials and means available to construct dykes, dams and levees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 870,000 workers have been deployed to fight the floods and reinforce dykes along the Yangtze river.’
    • ‘We have pumps to pump out the water that is continually leaking into our polders through the dikes.’
    • ‘Moreover, they tended to live near dykes designed to irrigate rice farms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With their gently sloping sides, Sanxingdui's walls may instead have been dikes for flood control.’
    • ‘It also refers to the Delta Works, the network of dykes and dams that protect the Netherlands province of Zeeland from sea flooding.’
    • ‘Submissive magistrates were dismissed and William took the decision to cut the dykes and deliberately flood the area surrounding Leyden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They cleared it of stones and wood and built dykes and houses and herded cattle.’
    • ‘Ponds are separated by dikes that prevent flooding and provide access routes to the ponds for electricity and aerator motors.’
    • ‘A lot of the route is along the dykes that prevent the river from flooding the neighbouring fields.’
    • ‘He is remembered as a benevolent ruler who increased agricultural production and built dams, dikes, and bridges for the Vietnamese people.’
    • ‘The Netherlands is a land protected from flooding by dykes and dams.’
    • ‘Local authorities were ordered to step up patrols along dams and dikes.’
    • ‘By the 1920S, the Army Corps of Engineers built sturdier dikes, and valley flooding virtually ceased.’
    • ‘The area flanks Lake Pontchartrain and suffered from floods when a canal dike burst.’
    • ‘Over a quarter of the Netherlands lies below sea level, relying on a network of dykes, canals and pumps to stay dry.’
    • ‘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.’
    jetty, quay, wharf, dock, landing, landing stage, landing place, slipway, marina, waterfront, breakwater, mole, groyne, dyke, sea wall, embankment
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Pronunciation

dyke

/dīk/