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Definition of spike noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a thin object with a sharp point, especially a pointed piece of metal, wood, etc. a row of iron spikes on a wall Her hair stood up in spikes. see also spike heel
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a metal point attached to the sole of a sports shoe to prevent you from slipping while running compare cleat
  3. 3spikes [plural] shoes fitted with these metal spikes, used for running a pair of spikes
  4. 4[countable] a long pointed group of flowers that grow together on a single stem
  5. 5[countable, usually singular] (informal) a sudden large increase in something a spike in oil prices
  6. 6(in the sport of volleyball) a hard hit of the ball downward and over the net
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