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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Building, Water, Civil
dykedyke, dike /daɪk/ noun [countable]  1 TBTTWa wall or bank built to keep back water and prevent flooding2 SYINSULT taboo informal an offensive word for a lesbian (=woman who is sexually attracted to women). Do not use this word.3 especially British EnglishTECTB a narrow passage to carry water away syn ditch
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dykeTheir sheep-fanks and cattle-pounds spread away, across land rented from the inn-keeper, in a close mesh of stone dykes.Its level rises slowly and the land behind the dykes sinks, but even more slowly.Damage has extended into the dykes which run between the grazing marshes.
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