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see HoraeHorae
, in Greek religion and mythology, goddesses of the seasons; daughters of Zeus and Themis. Although they controlled the recurrence of the seasons, they also attended other gods and had no cults of their own. The number and names of the Horae differed from region to region.
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dike,

in technology: see leveelevee
[Fr.,=raised], embankment built along a river to prevent flooding by high water. Levees are the oldest and the most extensively used method of flood control. They are constructed by piling earth on a surface that has been cleared of vegetation and leveled.
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Dike

 

a hydroengineering installation, analogous in structure to an earth dam.

A distinction is made between pressure and nonpressure dikes. Pressure dikes are installed to protect river and maritime coastal lowlands from flooding, as canal embankments (protective dikes), and for joining together pressure hydroengineering complexes with banks (conjunction dikes). Nonpressure dikes are erected for guiding a current flow for the purpose of regulating and straightening out river beds and for improving the conditions of navigation and operation of water-passage and water-collecting hydroengineering installations (hydroelectric power plants, water-spillway dams, bridge openings, pumping stations, and so on). Nonpressure dikes may be nonsubmersible or submersible; depending on the position of the dike in relation to the direction of the current, dikes are called longitudinal or transverse. Dikes are usually constructed of materials found in the immediate area (for the most part, rock waste); small dikes are made of earth, brush, stacked fascines, and so on.


Dike

 

an intrusive magmatic body that is bounded by parallel planes and that cuts the rocks that contain the dike. Dikes often consist of rock that is harder than the surrounding rock, and for this reason erosion causes them to protrude in the form of walls. Dikes accompany the formation of effusive and intrusive rock or form independent belts joined by magmatic hearths at great depths. A distinction is also made between radiating dikes, which spread from a common center, and ring dikes. Sometimes dikes are an indication of the presence of minerals (gold or polymetals, for instance).

dike

[dīk]
(civil engineering)
An embankment constructed on dry ground along a riverbank to prevent overflow of lowlands and to retain floodwater.
(geology)
A tabular body of igneous rock that cuts across adjacent rocks or cuts massive rocks.

dike, dyke

1. A dry stone wall.
2. A long low dam.
3. A bank of earth from an excavation.
4. An earth embankment which acts as a coffer-dam for keeping water out of an excavation.

Dike

one of Horae; personification of natural law and justice. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 85]
See: Justice

dyke

, dike
1. an embankment constructed to prevent flooding, keep out the sea, etc.
2. a ditch or watercourse
3. a bank made of earth excavated for and placed alongside a ditch
4. Scot a wall, esp a dry-stone wall
5. a vertical or near-vertical wall-like body of igneous rock intruded into cracks in older rock

dike

To remove or disable a portion of something, as a wire from a computer or a subroutine from a program. A standard slogan is "When in doubt, dike it out". (The implication is that it is usually more effective to attack software problems by reducing complexity than by increasing it.) The word "dikes" is widely used among mechanics and engineers to mean "diagonal cutters", especially the heavy-duty metal-cutting version, but may also refer to a kind of wire-cutters used by electronics technicians. To "dike something out" means to use such cutters to remove something. Indeed, the TMRC Dictionary defined dike as "to attack with dikes". Among hackers this term has been metaphorically extended to informational objects such as sections of code.
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Therefore, knowledge of the anticipated maximum depth of scour for a given discharge is a significant criterion for the proper design of a spur dike foundation.
Earlier this year, about 1,600 trees were removed from the south dike.
We watch as the dike quickly forms and extends farther into the river.
He wrote: "Mr Dike is a very difficult person with whom to work.
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This aspect of the disaster has finally drawn the government's attention, and after much official hand-wringing, a compromise decision was made to open the two sluice gates near the ends of the dike to allow the waters of the bay into the area originally designated as the freshwater catchment reservoir.
Vincent, population 100, working long hours to shore up the dikes against the water that surrounds the town.
After tree cutting and stumping the earthen dike will be graded and stabilized with grass cover.
Several massive sulphide boulders were found along a newly built logging road about three kilometres south of the Foy offset dike.
Authorities went door-to-door Saturday, ordering residents still in their homes to leave after the Red River overran miles of sandbag dikes and sent dirty water washing through their neighborhoods.