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Intellect vs Mike - What's the difference?

intellect | mike |

As nouns the difference between intellect and mike

is that intellect is the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding; the cognitive faculty (uncountable)mike is a microphone.

As a verb mike is

to microphone; to place one or more microphones (mikes) on.

As a proper noun Mike is

a diminutive of the male given name Michael.




  • the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding; the cognitive faculty (uncountable)
  • Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.
  • the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)
  • They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect .
  • a person who has that faculty to a great degree
  • Some of the world's leading intellects were meeting there.


    * See also

    See also

    * mind




    (en noun)
  • (informal) A microphone.
  • * 1970, Theodore Sturgeon and Edward H. Waldo, "The Pod in the Barrier", in A Touch of Strange , Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0836935225, page 28,
  • "Then I say to the recording, for the record," I barked, right into the mike , "[…]"
  • * 1981, John Swaigen, How to Fight for What’s Right: The Guide to Public Interest Law , James Lorimer & Company, ISBN 0888624220, pages 118–119,
  • Obviously, one must watch what one says in the vicinity of a microphone. More than one person has made a “private” statement in the presence of an open mike .
  • * 2007, John Sellers, Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life , Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743277082, page 85,
  • When the haggard bartender informed us that there would be an open-mike event later in the evening, I got my first sense that not everyone in Manchester cared about the music the city has produced.


    * mic


  • To microphone; to place one or more microphones () on.
  • * 1994 September, Jim Gaines, transcribed in Alan di Perna, "Step Lively: Recalling the recording process of SRV’s IN STEP with album producer Jim Gaines", in Guitar World Magazine'', reprinted in ''Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan: Stevie Ray In His Own Words , Hal Leonard (1997), ISBN 0793580803, page 81,
  • “And sometimes I’d just have to mike the room. You could run into some weird phasing problems with the individual mics because the speakers were all reacting differently.”
  • * 1996, J.R. Robinson, quoted in Mark Huntly Parsons, The Drummer’s Studio Survival Guide: How to get the best possible drum tracks on any recording project , Hal Leonard, ISBN 0793572223, page 72,
  • He knows me, I know him, and I know how he’s going to mike the drums and what selection of mic’s he's going to use.
  • * 2006, Glenn Haertlein, Project Vectus , Lulu, ISBN 1-4116-8414-1, page 108,
  • “Zeb, is everything go on the AV equipment?” I heard Jim ask. ¶ “Yep,” Zeb replied. “I just need to mike him up.” […] “All set,” he said once he clipped the wireless microphone to my shirtfront.
  • To measure using a micrometer.
  • * 1983, Tom S. Wilson, How to Rebuild Your Big-block Chevy , HPBooks, ISBN 0895861755, page 98,
  • Measure Valve-Stem Diameter— To be positive about it you’ll have to mike the valve stem with a 1-in. micrometer as explained on pages 100 and 101.


    * (to place a microphone on) mic

    Usage notes

    * This term is often found in the synonymous phrasal verb (mike up), as in the 2006 quotation above.