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PIKE, n. [This word belongs to a numerous family of words expressing something pointed, or a sharp point, or as verbs, to dart,to thrust, to prick.]

1. A military weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a flat steel head pointed; called the spear. This weapon was formerly used by infantry, but its use is now limited to officers, and it is called a sponton or spontoon. Its use among soldiers is superseded by the bayonet.

2. A fork used in husbandry; but we now use fork or pitchfork.

3. Among turners, the iron sprigs used to fasten any thing to be turned.

4. In ichthyology, a fish of the genus Esox, so named from its long shape or from the form of its snout. It is a fresh water fish, living in deep water and very voracious, but very palatable food.

The pike, the tyrant of the flood.



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PIKE, n. [This word belongs to a numerous family of words expressing something pointed, or a sharp point, or as verbs, to dart,to thrust, to prick.]

1. A military weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a flat steel head pointed; called the spear. This weapon was formerly used by infantry, but its use is now limited to officers, and it is called a sponton or spontoon. Its use among soldiers is superseded by the bayonet.

2. A fork used in husbandry; but we now use fork or pitchfork.

3. Among turners, the iron sprigs used to fasten any thing to be turned.

4. In ichthyology, a fish of the genus Esox, so named from its long shape or from the form of its snout. It is a fresh water fish, living in deep water and very voracious, but very palatable food.

The pike, the tyrant of the flood.

PIKE, n. [This word belongs to a numerous family of words expressing something pointed, or a sharp point, or as verbs, to dart, to thrust, to prick; Sax. piic, a small needle; W. pig, a point, a pike; pigaw, to prick; piciaw, to dart; It. pica, pike; piccare, to prick or sting; Sp. pica, picar; Fr. pique, piquer; Arm. picq, picqat; D. piek; G. pieke; Sw. and Dan. pik; Eng. peak, beak, &c. Class Bg.]

  1. A military weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a flat steel head pointed; called the spear. This weapon was formerly used by infantry, but its use is now limited to officers, and it is called a sponton or spontoon. Its use among soldiers is superseded by the bayonet.
  2. A fork used in husbandry; but we now use fork or pitchfork. – Tusser.
  3. Among turners, the iron sprigs used to fasten any thing to be turned. – Moxon.
  4. In ichthyology, a fish of the genus Esox, so named from its long shape or from the form of its snout. It is a fresh-water fish, living in deep water and very voracious, but very palatable food. The pike, the tyrant of the flood. – Pope.

Pike
  1. 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. 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.

    Gar pike. See under Gar. -- Pike perch (Zoöl.), any fresh-water fish of the genus Stizostedion (formerly Lucioperca). See Wall-eye, and Sauger. -- Pike pole, a long pole with a pike in one end, used in directing floating logs. -- Pike whale (Zoöl.), a finback whale of the North Atlantic (Balænoptera rostrata), having an elongated snout; -- called also piked whale. -- Sand pike (Zoöl.), the lizard fish. -- Sea pike (Zoöl.), the garfish (a).

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Pike

PIKE, noun [This word belongs to a numerous family of words expressing something pointed, or a sharp point, or as verbs, to dart, to thrust, to prick.]

1. A military weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a flat steel head pointed; called the spear. This weapon was formerly used by infantry, but its use is now limited to officers, and it is called a sponton or spontoon. Its use among soldiers is superseded by the bayonet.

2. A fork used in husbandry; but we now use fork or pitchfork.

3. Among turners, the iron sprigs used to fasten any thing to be turned.

4. In ichthyology, a fish of the genus Esox, so named from its long shape or from the form of its snout. It is a fresh water fish, living in deep water and very voracious, but very palatable food.

The pike the tyrant of the flood.

PIK'ED, adjective Ending in a point; acuminated.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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SURFEIT, v.t. sur'fit. [L. facio.]

1. To feed with meat or drink, so as to oppress the stomach and derange the functions of the system; to overfeed and produce sickness or uneasiness.

2. To cloy; to fill to satiety and disgust. He surfeits us with his eulogies.

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