EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIKE
After that, he dragged the corpse to the dike and threw it in.
On my way home from the inn I lay down in the dike and fell asleep.
I jumped the dike and crossed the fields instead of taking the road.
She stumbled once into the dike; then laughed and went on again.
As they approached the dike her hasty steps quickened to a run.
I have reason to believe the creek bed above the dike is a rich placer.
The road to it lay along the dike, and formed the street of a little village.
They went up to the top of the dike, and waited for the commissioner to come to them.
There were pretty gardens by them, which extended down the slope of the dike.
There were a great many wind mills here and there along the dike.
Old English dic "trench, ditch; an earthwork with a trench; moat," from Proto-Germanic *dik- (cf. Old Norse diki "ditch, fishpond," Old Frisian dik "mound, dam," Middle Dutch dijc "mound, dam, pool," Dutch dijk "dam," German Deich "embankment"), from PIE root *dheigw- "to pierce, fasten" (cf. Sanskrit dehi- "wall," Old Persian dida "wall, stronghold, fortress," Persian diz).
At first "an excavation," later (late 15c.) applied to the resulting earth mound; a sense development paralleled by cognate forms in many other languages. This is the northern variant of the word that in the south of England yielded ditch (n.).