—n. 1. an embankment for controlling or holding back the waters of the sea or a river: They built a temporary dike of sandbags to keep the river from flooding the town. 2. a ditch.
3. a bank of earth formed of material being excavated.
4. a causeway.
5. Brit. Dial.a low wall or fence, esp. of earth or stone, for dividing or enclosing land.
6. an obstacle; barrier.
7. Geol. a. a long, narrow, cross-cutting mass of igneous rock intruded into a fissure in older rock.
b. a similar mass of rock composed of other kinds of material, as sandstone.
8. Chiefly Australian Slang.a urinal.
—v.t. 1. to furnish or drain with a dike.
2. to enclose, restrain, or protect by a dike: to dike a tract of land.Also,dyke.
Pronunciation: (dīk),[key] —n.Slang(often disparaging and offensive).