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Spike vs. Thorn

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Spikenoun

A sort of very large nail.

Thornnoun

(botany) A sharp protective spine of a plant.

Spikenoun

A piece of pointed metal etc. set with points upward or outward.

‘The trap was lined with spikes.’;

Thornnoun

Any shrub or small tree that bears thorns, especially a hawthorn.

‘the white thorn’; ‘the cockspur thorn’;

Spikenoun

Anything resembling such a nail in shape.

Thornnoun

(figurative) That which pricks or annoys; anything troublesome.

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Spikenoun

An ear of corn or grain.

Thornnoun

A letter of Latin script (capital: Þ, small: þ), borrowed by Old English from the futhark to represent a dental fricative, then not distinguished from eth, but in modern use (in Icelandic and other languages, but no longer in English) used only for the voiceless dental fricative found in English thigh

Spikenoun

(botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.

Thornverb

To pierce with, or as if with, a thorn

Spikenoun

A running shoe with spikes in the sole to provide grip.

Thornnoun

A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.

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Spikenoun

A sharp peak in a graph.

Thornnoun

Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Cratægus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.

Spikenoun

A surge in power or in the price of a commodity etc.

Thornnoun

Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care.

‘There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me.’; ‘The guilt of empire, all its thorns and cares,Be only mine.’;

Spikenoun

The long, narrow part of a high-heeled shoe that elevates the heel.

Thornnoun

The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter , capital form . It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine.

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Spikenoun

A long nail for storing papers by skewering them; (by extension) the metaphorical place where rejected newspaper articles are sent.

Thornverb

To prick, as with a thorn.

‘I am the only rose of all the stockThat never thorn'd him.’;

Spikenoun

(volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.

Thornnoun

something that causes irritation and annoyance;

‘he's a thorn in my flesh’;

Spikenoun

(zoology) An adolescent male deer.

Thornnoun

a sharp-pointed tip on a stem or leaf

Spikenoun

The casual ward of a workhouse.

Thornnoun

a Germanic character of runic origin

Spikenoun

Spike lavender.

‘oil of spike’;

Spikenoun

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Spikeverb

To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails.

‘to spike down planks’;

Spikeverb

To set or furnish with spikes.

Spikeverb

To embed nails into (a tree) so that any attempt to cut it down will damage equipment or injure people.

Spikeverb

To fix on a spike.

Spikeverb

To discard; to decide not to publish or make public.

Spikeverb

To increase sharply.

‘Traffic accidents spiked in December when there was ice on the roads.’;

Spikeverb

To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into a drink.

‘She spiked my lemonade with vodka!’;

Spikeverb

To add a small amount of one substance to another.

‘The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.’;

Spikeverb

(volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.

Spikeverb

(military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.

Spikeverb

(football slang) To slam the football to the ground, usually in celebration of scoring a touchdown, or to stop expiring time on the game clock after snapping the ball as to save time for the losing team to attempt to score the tying or winning points.

Spikenoun

A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.

Spikenoun

Anything resembling such a nail in shape.

‘He wears on his head the corona radiata . . . ; the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun.’;

Spikenoun

An ear of corn or grain.

Spikenoun

A kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.

Spikenoun

Spike lavender. See Lavender.

Spikeverb

To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike down planks.

Spikeverb

To set or furnish with spikes.

Spikeverb

To fix on a spike.

Spikeverb

To stop the vent of (a gun or cannon) by driving a spike nail, or the like into it.

Spikenoun

a transient variation in voltage or current

Spikenoun

sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes;

‘spikes provide greater traction’;

Spikenoun

fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

Spikenoun

(botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis

Spikenoun

a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline;

‘the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor’;

Spikenoun

a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall

Spikenoun

a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)

Spikenoun

any holding device consisting of a long sharp-pointed object

Spikenoun

a long metal nail

Spikeverb

stand in the way of

Spikeverb

pierce with a sharp stake or point;

‘impale a shrimp on a skewer’;

Spikeverb

secure with spikes

Spikeverb

bring forth a spike or spikes;

‘my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now’;

Spikeverb

add alcohol beverages

Spikeverb

manifest a sharp increase;

‘the voltage spiked’;

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