Unattractive vs Dike - What's the difference?

unattractive | dike |

As a adjective unattractive

is not handsome or beautiful or appealing.

As a noun dike is

(british) the northern english form of ditch.

As a verb dike is

to surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.




(en adjective)
  • Not handsome or beautiful or appealing.
  • Lacking the power to attract interest.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive . Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}


    * attractive



    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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