Spike vs Inoculate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between spike and inoculate
is that spike
is to fix on a spike; to pierce or run through with a spike while inoculate
is (immunology) to introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
As a noun spike
is an ear of corn or grain.
An ear of corn or grain.
# (botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
Something pointed or sharp.
# A sort of very large nail; anything resembling such a nail in shape.
- oil of spike
# The long, narrow part of a woman's high-heeled shoe that elevates the heel.
# A sharp peak in a graph.
# a surge in power.
# (informal) In spikes : running shoes with spikes in the soles.
# (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
(zoology) An adolescent male deer.
(slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
* 1933 : , p. 139.
- He wears on his head the corona radiata ; the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun.
- "Dere's tay spikes', and cocoa '''spikes''', and skilly ' spikes ."
* catkin, raceme, cluster, corymb, umbel
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To fix on a spike; to pierce or run through with a spike.
# To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails.
# To set or furnish with spikes.
- to spike down planks
# (military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
#* 1834 , (Frederick Marryat), Peter Simple :
#* 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 235-6:
- He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer’s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun.
# (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public. (From the former practice of newspaper editors impaling sheets of typewritten articles not selected for publication on a metal spike or spindle placed on their desks: see 2010 quotation.)
# (American football) To slam a football to the ground, usually in celebration of scoring a touchdown, or to stop expiring time on the game clock after snapping the ball as to save time for the losing team to attempt to score the tying or winning points.
# (volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
To increase sharply.
- Small skirmishes also took place, and the Afghans managed to seize a pair of mule-guns and force the British to spike and abandon two other precious guns.
To add a small amount of one substance to another.
- Traffic accidents spiked in December when there was ice on the roads.
# (specifically) To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into food or drink.
- The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.
- She spiked my lemonade with vodka!
* spike someone's guns
* (volleyball): attack, hit
(immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
(by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
To add one substance to another; to spike.
To graft by inserting buds.
- The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
- to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
(figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue.
- to inoculate a tree
- to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity
* immunize / immunise