Main definitions of mike in US English:

: mike1mike2Mike3

mike1

noun

informal
  • A microphone.

    • ‘Upon the committee rejecting their proposal, the students staged a coup, disconnecting the faculty mikes and starting their own meeting.’
    • ‘The teachers alleged that the police first snatched the loud speaker and the mike, which was being used by them to address the gathering, and then pushed the girls who participated in the rally.’
    • ‘Seizing the mike, camper Mike Pierce commands the crowd's attention with the confidence of a professional talk-show host.’
    • ‘It's just as if someone was speaking into the 2m microphone (except the mike is virtual).’
    • ‘I basically yell into my mike, and finish up the song at a loud roar.’
    • ‘They were discussing films - no mikes, no podium, no lectern.’
    • ‘This may have had something to do with the microphone volume, which meant hunching close to the mike so that the folks in the back could hear.’
    • ‘Unknown to Becky, Patrick had a tiny speaker in his ear and a lapel mike on his jacket.’
    • ‘There was one Indonesian guy in a red shirt who, not weighed down by carry bags, lenses and boom mikes, was running after the police car with a video camera no larger than the size of his palm.’
    • ‘An NBC News engineer piped the live feed into the tent, and a soldier held a hand mike to the speaker so the rest of the battalion could hear it over the administration and logistics radio channel.’
    • ‘But the moment I sit down in front of the mike, my palms tingle and my throat tightens just a hair and I just have to smile.’
    • ‘I threw the mike on the ground and walked into Mike's house and up to his room.’
    • ‘I theatrically cleared my throat and grabbed the mike like I owned it.’
    • ‘She also revealed that a couple of big time opera houses in New York do resort to using body mikes or floor mikes.’
    • ‘He cleared his throat at the mike and paused as the room settled down to a dull roar of voices and the tinkling of glass and silverware.’
    • ‘That volume, plus the occasional strange or distant placement of singers, meant that all singers were amplified by body mikes, which I didn't like but understood.’
    • ‘And let's have a shout-out to those twentysomething interns who have to get those mikes to the people in the room!’
    • ‘He goes to the podium, adjusts the mike and clears his throat.’
    • ‘The sound systems, loudspeakers and mikes of modern technology are a sad regression from earlier ability.’
    • ‘First, the acoustical problem was solved by giving the performers body mikes, with the audience listening on little portable headsets.’
    public address system, pa system, speaker, speaker unit, speaker system, microphone
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verb

[with object]informal
  • Place a microphone close to (someone or something) or in (a place).

    • ‘We miked everything real loose and let them play it all live.’
    • ‘‘This time, I miked the drums a little more closely and a little more carefully,’ Raphael says.’
    • ‘A listener then called in to point out that singers are miked at the New York City Opera, which Sills ran for ten years.’
    • ‘When the contestant takes the hotseat, recording stops while their partner is taken off and miked up.’
    • ‘I know your wife is with you, but she's not miked, right?’
    • ‘I told the sound guy that I didn't want to be miked up today; this was too important an outing for me and I needed nothing to divert my attention from the job in hand.’
    • ‘And the back row is not miked, but do you all agree with that?’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his adjoining live room is a playground for instrument collectors, with a wide range of guitars, basses and keyboards, plus multiple recent and vintage amps, all miked up and ready to go at a moment's notice.’
    • ‘Recording chromatic harmonica was trouble-free: I miked it from above the instrument, just above the top of the player's head, looking down at the middle of the harmonica about 10 inches away.’
    • ‘Tonight, I have no choice, for I am miked and wired, one of 16 members of a CNBC / MSNBC focus group, in what I'm reminded more than once is Jay Leno's private screening room.’
    • ‘Actually, I was just looking for shelter from the frigid weather outside, and they miked me and put me on your bench here.’
    • ‘Hunter may not always have control over what kind of gear list he works with on the road, but when it comes to miking each of the instruments and positioning them on the stage, he follows a definite program.’
    • ‘The sound and lighting systems are modest, and although the actors aren't miked, the acoustics are decent.’
    • ‘In this intimate folk-blues, Vajagic's voice is so closely miked it picks up every tiny throat clearing, making it easy to detect the Patti Smith rawness, Diamanda Galas intensity and even Edith Piaf dramatics that inhabit her voice.’
    • ‘A great time was had by everyone in attendance, including Tom, who was having so much fun that he sang the songs even when he wasn't miked.’
    • ‘‘The league wants the coaches to be miked during nationally-televised games, and we're probably going to go for that in exchange for being able to use the NHL logo,’ says Bowman.’
    • ‘If Michael had been miked, the microphone would have melted.’
    • ‘And there he was, talking to the technicians, getting miked up.’
    • ‘The steps are miked so we hear the footsteps, including the click of the ladies' high heels.’
    • ‘Engineer Chris Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) miked the church to capture its unique acoustics and cull a ‘big room sound,’ bolstering the Decemberists' orchestral manoeuvres.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation; compare with mic.

Pronunciation

mike

/mīk//maɪk/

Main definitions of mike in US English:

: mike1mike2Mike3

mike2

verb

[no object]British
dated, informal
  • Idle away one's time.

    ‘he thundered at anyone he thought was miking’

noun

British
dated, informal
  • A period of idleness.

    ‘that's a good mike for you, but you'll have plenty to do later on’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

mike

/mīk//maɪk/

Main definitions of mike in US English:

: mike1mike2Mike3

Mike3

noun

  • A code word representing the letter M, used in radio communication.

Pronunciation

Mike

/mīk//maɪk/