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See also: Dike, Dikê, dikë, and Dikē


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Middle English (Northern) dik, dike, from Old Norse díki 'ditch, dike'. More at and doublet of ditch.


dike ‎(plural dikes)

  1. (Britain) Archaic spelling of all (Britain) meanings of dyke.
  2. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
    • 1891: (Can we date this quote?) Susan Hale, Mexico, volume 27, The Story of the Nations, London: T. Fisher Unwin, page 100:
      • The king of Texcuco advised the building of a great dike, so thick and strong as to keep out the water.
  3. (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.



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dike ‎(third-person singular simple present dikes, present participle diking, simple past and past participle diked)

  1. (transitive) To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
    • 2001 November 16, Karen F. Schmidt, “ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube”[1], Science, volume 294, number 5546, DOI:10.1126/science.294.5546.1444, pages 1444-1447:
      Next News Focus ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube Karen F. Schmidt * Romanian scientists are at the forefront of a European effort to balance the protection and exploitation of vast, diverse wetlands B UCHAREST-- In 1983, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decreed that the Romanian Danube delta, one of Europe's largest wetlands, be diked for growing rice and maize.
    • 1996 September 27, Michael Miner, “WVON Won't Take the Bait/Meigs and the Dailies: The Long View”[2], Chicago Reader:
      Lakeside water-filtration plants, an 11,000-acre diked airport east of 55th Street, slash-and-bulldoze highway projects through Jackson and Lincoln parks--these and many another grandiose project leapt from the sketchbooks of city planners.
  2. (transitive) To drain by a dike or ditch.




  1. thickly



From Old Norse díki, from Proto-Germanic *dīkiją, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeygʷ- (whence also English ditch).


dike n

  1. ditch; a small canal, for irrigation or drainage
    Han körde i diket med sin nya bil.
    He went off the road with (ditched) his new car.


Inflection of dike
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative dike diket diken dikena
Genitive dikes dikets dikens dikenas

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  • The phrase "köra i diket" (to ditch) is used also when there's no ditch.

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