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pike Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
    motorway; thruway; freeway; throughway; superhighway; state highway; expressway.
  2. noun highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh
  3. noun a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
  4. noun medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
  5. noun any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere
WordNet

Pike noun
Etymology
F. pique; perhaps of Celtic origin; cf. W. pig a prick, a point, beak, Arm. pik pick. But cf. also L. picus woodpecker (see Pie magpie), and E. spike. Cf. Pick, n. & v., Peak, Pique.
Definitions
  1. (Mil.) A foot soldier's weapon, consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a pointed steel head. It is now superseded by the bayonet.
  2. A pointed head or spike; esp., one in the center of a shield or target. Beau. & Fl.
  3. A hayfork. Obs. or Prov. Eng. Tusser.
  4. A pick. Prov. Eng. Wright. Raymond.
  5. A pointed or peaked hill. R.
  6. A large haycock. Prov. Eng. Halliwell.
  7. A turnpike; a toll bar. Dickens.
  8. (Zoöl.) sing. & pl. A large fresh-water fish (Esox lucius), found in Europe and America, highly valued as a food fish; -- called also pickerel, gedd, luce, and jack. Blue pike, grass pike, green pike, wall-eyed pike, and yellow pike, are names, not of true pike, but of the wall-eye. See Wall-eye.

Webster 1913


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