Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIKED

There was nothing but knots and knots; all diked up and tangles by the mile.

This pathway was diked by the Romans, and when sufficiently raised, it was paved with stones.

And what do you suppose it ought to be worth next year, as soon as it's diked in?

Once absolutely uncontrollable, this little stream has been diked, and now waters and fertilizes many neighbouring gardens.

Opposite to us, indeed, the country is diked in, and vessels left dry at the wharves had a strange appearance.

Considerable tracts have also been diked and reclaimed for cotton, sugar and especially for rice culture.

Then a company with a shrewd head bought it, diked it, and drained it.

This strip of land is diked, so that it can be inundated and rendered impassable to an army in a few moments.

Lose the house or parade the family skeletons all diked out in pink sashes and tin-can labels.

But much of this swamp and tule land has been drained and diked, and is now used for farm land.

WORD ORIGIN

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.).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.