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[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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, 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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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.



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).

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(civil engineering)
An embankment constructed on dry ground along a riverbank to prevent overflow of lowlands and to retain floodwater.
A tabular body of igneous rock that cuts across adjacent rocks or cuts massive rocks.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


one of Horae; personification of natural law and justice. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 85]
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Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


, 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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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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According to archaeologist Ian Grant, who leads the team, the reason this opportunity is so unique is down to the protected status of much of the HEarth w dyke. He said: "It is all part of the project Linear Earthworks in Wales, which is funded by Cadw jointly by the National Trust.
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Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart confirmed that Dykes was justified in the shooting and that he "had every reason to believe he was in danger of being harmed and, as a result, made the decision to fire shots at the suspect in an effort to protect himself." Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus agreed with Earhart's assessment, and told WCYB that it "has to be a reasonable defense of your home and you have to be in imminent fear of death.
A man makes dyke around a retail shop in Jalle, Bor county, 14 Aug.
We selected 19 samples for whole-rock chemical analyses (Tables 2 and 3), including single samples from related dykes in Connecticut and New Hampshire, seven samples along the Christmas Cove Dyke in Maine, a sample from the Caraquet Dyke at Bancroft, Maine, and nine samples roughly evenly spaced across the dyke at its excellent shoreline exposure on Swans Island.
Mr Richardson said negotiations between officials and Dykes had deteriorated over the past 24 hours, and that the abductor had been seen holding a gun.
Dykes says he has blankets and electric heaters to keep the boy - who he does not know - warm at night and that the bunker has a TV.
(http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/04/alabama-bus-child-hostage-bunker/1891233/) USA Today reported that Dykes was killed Monday after a week in which police communicated with him through a ventilation tube but failed to talk him down.
Previously, Dykes served as vice president of research at Variagenics.
After some time on the West Coast, Dykes returned to central Florida where her family had settled earlier.
On the first day against England Dykes and Westgate beat Ed Richardson and Adam Gee 3&2 in the morning and with Rhys Davies and Zac Gould and Craig Evans and Llewellyn Matthews also winning Wales took the foursomes 3-2.