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dyke In engineering, a barrier or embankment designed to confine or regulate the flow of water. Dykes are used in reclaiming land from the sea by sedimentation (as practised in The Netherlands), and also as controls against river flooding. In geology, a dyke (dike) is an intrusion of igneous rock whose surface is different from that of the adjoining material.

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dyke put one's finger in the dyke attempt to stem the advance of something undesirable, from a story of a small Dutch boy who saved his community from flooding, by placing his finger in a hole in a dyke.

See also February fill dyke.

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dyke (dike) Discordant, or cross-cutting, tabular intrusion. Most dykes are vertical or near vertical, having pushed their way through the overlying country rock. See DYKE SET; DYKE SWARM; and RADIAL DYKE.

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dyke1 • n. variant spelling of dike1 . dyke2 / dīk/ • n. offens. a lesbian. DERIVATIVES: dyke·y adj. .

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dyke. Dry-stone rubble wall.

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dyke see DIKE.

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