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spike

noun [C] (SHAPE)    /spaɪk/
a narrow , thin shape with a sharp point at one end, or something, especially a piece of metal , with this shape : There were large spikes on top of the railings to stop people climbing over them. Some types of dinosaur had sharp spikes on their tails .Sharp and blunt spikes a set of short , pointed pieces of metal or plastic attached to the bottom of shoes worn for particular sports , which stop the person wearing the shoes from sliding on the ground , or shoes with these pointed pieces Shoes and shoemaking
(Definition of spike noun (SHAPE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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