Dike vs Brook - What's the difference?

dike | brook |

As a noun dike

is great desire, lust.

As a proper noun brook is

for someone living by a brook .



Alternative forms

* dyke


(en noun)
  • (British) Archaic spelling of all (British) meanings of dyke.
  • A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
  • * 1891 :
  • ** The king of Texcuco advised the building of a great dike , so thick and strong as to keep out the water.
  • (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a butch lesbian.
  • (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
  • Synonyms

    * (barrier of stone or earth) bank, embankment, dam, levee, breakwater, floodwall, seawall * ditch


    * dune

    See also

    * dough * duck * duct * thick


  • To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
  • *{{quote-journal, 2001, date=November 16, Karen F. Schmidt, ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube, Science citation
  • , passage=Next News Focus ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube Karen F. Schmidt * Romanian scientists are at the forefront of a European effort to balance the protection and exploitation of vast, diverse wetlands B UCHAREST-- In 1983, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decreed that the Romanian Danube delta, one of Europe's largest wetlands, be diked for growing rice and maize. }}
  • * {{quote-news, year=1996, date=September 27, author=Michael Miner, title=WVON Won't Take the Bait/Meigs and the Dailies: The Long View, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=Lakeside water-filtration plants, an 11,000-acre diked airport east of 55th Street, slash-and-bulldoze highway projects through Jackson and Lincoln parks--these and many another grandiose project leapt from the sketchbooks of city planners. }}
  • To drain by a dike or ditch.
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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
  • To earn; deserve.
  • (label) To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object ).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.}}
  • * 2005 , Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World , Harper:
  • Nevertheless, Garcilaso does claim that the Spaniards ‘who were unable to brook the length of the discourse, had left their places and fallen on the Indians’.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
  • *Bible, (w) viii. 7
  • *:The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:empties itself, as doth an inland brook / into the main of waters
  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶.
  • A water meadow.
  • Low, marshy ground.
  • Synonyms
    * beck * burn * coulee * creek * stream