how to pronounce spike


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spike is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of spike in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… of the cone so you get a spike in …”

meanings of spike


  1. A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  2. A sharp peak in a graph.
  3. A surge in power or in the price of a commodity etc.
  4. The casual ward of a workhouse.
  5. 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.
  6. Synonym of endpin.
  7. An ear of corn or grain.
  8. A piece of pointed metal etc. set with points upward or outward.
  9. A running shoe with spikes in the sole to provide grip.
  10. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
  11. Spike lavender.
  12. A sort of very large nail.
  13. A long nail for storing papers by skewering them; the metaphorical place where rejected newspaper articles are sent.
  14. The long, narrow part of a high-heeled shoe that elevates the heel.
  15. An adolescent male deer.


  1. To fix on a spike.
  2. To add a small amount of one substance to another.
  3. To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into a drink.
  4. To set or furnish with spikes.
  5. To increase sharply.
  6. To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
  7. 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.
  8. To discard; to decide not to publish or make public.
  9. To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails.
  10. To embed nails into (a tree) so that any attempt to cut it down will damage equipment or injure people.
  11. 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.


  1. A male nickname.

spike frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word spike occurs in english on average 3.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics spike can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that spike can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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