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Definition of the noun hike

What does hike mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hikes

  1. a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
    • example: she enjoys a hike in her spare time
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of hike: hiking / tramp
    • more generic word: walk = the act of walking somewhere
    • more specific word: trudge = a long difficult walk
  2. an increase in cost
  3. the amount a salary is increased

Alternative definition of the noun hike


  1. A long walk.
  2. An abrupt increase.
  3. [American football] The snap of the ball to start a play.
  4. A command to a dog sled team, given by a musher

Specialised definition of the noun hike

Glossary of sports

a strenuous walk (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb hike

What does hike mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hiked | hiking | hikes

  1. increase
  2. walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise
    • examples: hike the Rockies | Sam and Sue hike | They hike up the hill
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
    • more specific words:
      • tramp = travel on foot, especially on a walking expedition
      • backpack / pack = hike with a backpack

Alternative definition of the verb hike


  1. To take a long walk for pleasure or exercise.
  2. To unfairly or suddenly raise a price.
  3. [American football] To snap the ball to start a play.
  4. [nautical] To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counter-balance the effects of the wind on the sails.
  5. To pull up or tug upwards sharply.


hike: These sites require hiking in more than 1/8 mile from the road to reach the launch.

Phrases with hike

  1. hike up
  2. to hike up
  3. tax hike
  4. wage hike
  5. Take a Hike

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for hike

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Google previewHiking Trails of South Africa (2003)

by Willie Olivier, Sandra Olivier

The third day's hike is an easy stroll along a jeep track, back to Pakhuis Pass. 40 km; 3 days; circular. 1. Block B extends from Skerpioensberg, southwards, to the Wolfberg. A popular two-day hike is the Crystal Pool circuit. From Algeria a ...

Google previewDiagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse (2010)

by Michael W. Ross, Sue J. Dyson

Because the horse has two “hips” and only one pelvis, the term pelvic hike seems preferable. Pelvic hike is the vertical elevation of the pelvis when the lame limb is weight bearing. In other words, the pelvis “hikes” upward when the lame limb ...

Google previewRepublic of Korea (2010)

Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Korea by International Monetary Fund

It is appropriate for the BOK to continue to gradually raise the policy rate and the recent hike is a welcome start. To further raise the policy rate would still leave monetary policy highly supportive of the recovery that is being anticipated in the ...

Google previewWalking Away From The Land (2014)

by Jonathan Stewart

The Pintler, Porcupines, and Potshots Our night hike means another late start the following morning, but we are happy to be back in the mountains. The weather is much cooler. Our first four miles are an easy Sunday morning stroll up a dirt ...

Google previewBest Hikes Near Nashville (2011)

by Keith Stelter

The Hike is the meat of the chapter. Detailed and honest, it's a carefully researched impression of the trail. While it's impossible to cover everything, you can rest assured that you won't miss what's important. Miles and Directions provides ...

Google previewHiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region (2011)

A Guide to 59 of the Best Hiking Adventures in Southern Utah by Ron Adkison

The hike is a rewarding day trip, but backpackers use it most frequently as part of an extended trip in Grand Gulch. Although seasonal water sources are likely to be found in the gulch, day hikers and backpackers alike are advised to pack in an ...

Google previewOne Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome (2012)

by Rick Deutsch

The Half Dome hike is a first-class adventure. You'll get up close and personal with Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, stroll through scenic Little Yosemite Valley, and view the crystalclear Merced River. The long series of switchbacks on the way to ...

Google previewLlewellyn's Complete Dictionary of Dreams (2015)

Over 1,000 Dream Symbols and Their Universal Meanings by Michael Lennox

Hike: You need to explore the elements of ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

hike take a hike informal, chiefly NAmer to leave; to go away: usually as an instruction to somebody who is annoying or unwelcome. 20th cent. Hot Press 1990 Systems topple, statues walk, ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Dictionary of Boating Terms (1998)

2,000 Essential Terms for Sailors & Powerboaters by John Rousmaniere

hike To lean out to windward to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Clinton Presidency (2002)

by Peter B. Levy

MITCHELL, GEORGE 249 the minimum-wage hike in 1996, the decision of a cluster of moderate Republicans to side with Democrats on the bill put the leadership in a bind. Unable to stop the bill from passing, Gingrich convinced most ...

Google previewOxford American Large Print Dictionary (2008)

by Oxford University Press

hike /hOk / n. 1 long walk, esp. in the country with a backpack. 2 increase (of prices, etc.).

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms, Briticisms, Canadianisms and Australianisms (2010)

by V.S. Matyushenkov

hike (up) ...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

hike noun hikes (th) A hike is a long ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

hike hill hilt hind hindrance hint hip hire hitch hitter hock hog hoist. o In the Church's calendar a high daywas the day of an important festival. A holiday ( originallyholyday)wassimilarbutlessspecific. Holiday now refers to any day off, without any ...

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Quotes about hike

But the fact is, it's illegal for the Administration to spend North west taxpayers' money to develop this rate hike proposal, just so it can turn around and raise their energy rates. (Maria Cantwell)
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Scrabble value of H4I1K5E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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