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- Little Mike left his bike like Tike at Spike's.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun spike:
Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb spike:
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Definition of the noun spike
What does spike mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: spikes
- a transient variation in voltage or current
- sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
- example: spikes provide greater traction
- lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
- more generic term: sports equipment = equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
- more specific terms:
- part of: shoe = footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
- fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
- lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
- synonyms of spike: capitulum / ear
- more generic word: fruit = the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
- more specific word: mealie = an ear of corn
- part of: corn / Indian corn / maize / Zea mays = tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties
- (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
- a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
- a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
- each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
- examples: the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game | golfers' spikes damage the putting greens
- lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
- more generic word: point = sharp end
- more specific word: gaff = a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
- a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
- a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
- any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object
- a large stout nail
Alternative definition of the noun spike
- A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
- Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
- An ear of grain.
- [context: botany] A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
- (in plural 'spikes'; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
- A sharp peak in a graph.
- [volleyball] An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
- [context: zoology] An adolescent male deer.
- a surge in power.
- (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
Specialised definition of the noun spike
Glossary of sports
a pointed metal stud, part of a set attached to the sole of an athlete's shoe to give better grip (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)
a hard smash of a volleyball, hit close to the net and straight down into the opponent's court (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)
Glossary of sports / American football
when a player throws the ball at the ground to celebrate a touchdown
Definition of the verb spike
What does spike mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: spiked | spiking | spikes
- stand in the way of
- pierce with a sharp stake or point
- secure with spikes
- bring forth a spike or spikes
- add alcohol to (beverages)
- manifest a sharp increase
Alternative definition of the verb spike
- To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
- synonym: hit
- To add a small amount of one substance to another.
- [volleyball] To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
- [military] To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
- [journalism] To decide not to publish or make public.
Specialised definition of the verb spike
Glossary of sports
to injure another player or competitor with the spikes of an athletic shoe (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)
to leap high close to the net and hit a volleyball straight down into an opponent's court (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)
Glossary of sports / American football
if a player spikes the ball, he throws the ball forcefully into the ground, either to celebrate, a touchdown or to stop the official game clock (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)
Glossary of sports / volleyball
to smash a volleyball overarm so that it flies forcefully downwards into the opposing team's court and cannot be retrieved (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)
- Spike, played by James Marsters, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Spike is a vampire and played various roles on the shows, ranging from villain, lover to anti-hero. For Marsters, the role as Spike began a career in science fiction television, becoming "the obvious go-to guy for US cult [television]". For creator Whedon, Spike is the "most fully developed" of his characters. The character was intended to be a brief villain, with Whedon originally adamant to not have another major "romantic vampire" character like Angel. Marsters says "Spike was supposed to be dirty and evil, punk rock, and then dead." However, the character ended up staying for the second season, and then returning in the fourth to replace Cordelia as "the character who told Buffy she was stupid and about to die.
- Spike and The Spike are the names of several fictional characters in Marvel Comics. Recent characters of this name have had similar powers to generate projectile spikes, possibly inspired by Spyke from X-Men: Evolution.
- Spike is a fictional character from the animated cartoon films franchise Tom and Jerry.
- Spike is the pet dog of the Pickles family in Nickelodeon shows Rugrats and All Grown Up!, and is among the series' original characters.
- created by Klasky Csupo
- Spike a.k.a. Shtik is a fictional character from the 2009 film Russia 88.
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- Spike is a fictional character from the 1999 film Notting Hill.
- Spike is a fictional character from the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.
- Spike is a fictional character in the 1957 crime film No Road Back.
- Spike is a fictional character from the 2011 movie Killer Elite.
- Spike is a fictional character from the 2000 film Kurogane Communication.
- "Spike" is a 2008 horror-romance directed by Robert Beaucage, produced by String And A Can Productions, and starring Edward Gusts, Sarah Livingston Evans, Anna-Marie Wayne, Nancy P. Corbo, and Jared Edwards.
- "Spike" is a film, directed by Tim Minear and written by Tim Minear & Joss Whedon.
- language: English Language
- starring: Amy Acker
- genres: Horror, Creature Film
- released in (9 years ago)
"Spike" is a 1983 platformer game for the Vectrex video game system.
- genre: Platform game
- released in (33 years ago)
- "SPIKE" is a studio album by PUFFY released in 2001, it is their first North American album.
- "Spike" is the 12th studio album by the British rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, released on compact disc as Warner Brothers 25848. It was his first album for the label. It peaked at No. 5 on the UK album chart, and at No. 32 on the Billboard 200.
- "Spike" is the first solo album by Japanese guitarist Agata of the band Melt-Banana. It was released on Tzadik in May 2004.
- "Spike" is a musical album of Spike Milligan.
- "Spike" is a musical album of Prometheus.
- released on (5 years ago)
- "Spike" is a musical album of Dog on a Rope.
- released in (18 years ago)
- "Spike" is a musical single of Johnny5thWheel&thecowards.
- released on (4 years ago)
- "Spike" a.k.a. "Spike!" is a musical album of Cliff Barnes & the Fear of Winning.
- released in (18 years ago)
- Spike a.k.a. Spike Lee: Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
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- Spike a.k.a. Spike Jonze is an American director, producer, screenwriter and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. He started his feature film directing career with Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, both written by Charlie Kaufman, and then started movies with screenplays of his own with Where the Wild Things Are and Her.
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- Spike a.k.a. Mark Milligan: Mark Daniel Milligan is an Australian football player who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League. He is also the incumbent captain of the club. He is a utility defender, originally known as a right-back, but also spent much of his early career playing in central defence and eventually settled in defensive midfield where he has enjoyed most of his success with Melbourne Victory and the Australian National Team. He attended Trinity Catholic College, Auburn, from 1997 until 2003.
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- Spike a.k.a. Spike Albrecht: Michael Joseph "Spike" Albrecht is a college basketball point guard for Michigan Wolverines men's basketball. He is playing his junior season for the 2014–15 team. Spike played high school basketball in his hometown of Crown Point, Indiana. He is most well known for his 17-point first half performance off the bench for the 2012–13 team in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
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- Spike a.k.a. Spike Spencer: Charles Forrest "Spike" Spencer is an American actor best known for dubbing Japanese anime films. He is best known for roles in ADV Films dubs of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Excel Saga. He has also performed voice acting for radio, especially commercials. His anime character voices tend to be either for timid, shy, or weak characters, or for eccentric and comical ones.
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- Spike a.k.a. Chris Trousdale is an American actor and recording artist. He is a former member of the boyband Dream Street, working with Jesse McCartney, Frankie Galasso, Greg Raposo, and Matt Ballinger.
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- Spike a.k.a. Frans van Zoest is a musician and a member of the rock band Di-rect.
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- Spike, sometimes also known as Spike Gray, is an English rock frontman, songwriter and vocalist, known for his times with The Quireboys with whom he has released seven studio albums to date.
- Spike a.k.a. Kathryn McGuire was an American dancer and silent-film actress.
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- Spike is a well-known American pornographic actor discovered by gay porn director Chi Chi La Rue in the 1990s. He starred in a number of gay pornographic movies including Spiked, As Big as They Come III, Bad Behaviour, Hotel California, and Stock Released.
- Spike a.k.a. Richard Carey: Richard J. "Spike" Carey was an American politician from Maine. Carey served as the Mayor of Waterville, Maine from 1970 to 1978. From 1967 to 1978, Carey also represented Waterville in the Maine House of Representatives. He served in the Maine Senate from 1992 to 2000. In 2004, he ran again for the State Senate against incumbent Chandler Woodcock and lost.
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- Spike a.k.a. Kalle Coster: Kalle Kristian Coster is a sailor from the Netherlands. Coster represented his country for the first time at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. With his brother Sven Coster as helmsman, Coster took 6th place as crew in the Dutch Men's 470. Coster's second Olympic appearance was during the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao again as crew in the Men's 470 with his brother as helmsman. Coster took the 4th place. Again with Sven as helmsman in the Men's 470 Coster crewed the Dutch 470 at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. The brothers finished in 12th place.
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- Spike a.k.a. Randall Oliver is an actor, guide, television producer, film producer, and stunt performer.
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- Spike: Mark Williams more commonly known as Spike or Spike Williams is a Welsh guitarist and co-founder of South Wales' record label, Z Block Records. He was a member of the Cardiff-based band Reptile Ranch.
- Spike a.k.a. Dermot Martin is an actor.
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- Spike a.k.a. Chad Hundley is an actor, film producer, casting director and entrepreneur.
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- Spike a.k.a. W. C. Robinson was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in 177 films between 1910 and 1932. He died in Maywood, California.
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- Spike a.k.a. William H. P. Blandy: William Henry Purnell Blandy, known to friends as "Spike", was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War II.
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- Spike a.k.a. Harold Bonhart is a member of the musical group Four Tops.
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- Spike appeared in 2011 film Blue Crush 2.
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- Spike a.k.a. Craig Snoyer is an actor, stunt performer and a film art director.
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- Spike is a musical artist.
- profession: Guitarist
- member of musical group Babado Novo (Guitar) between and (4 years)
Spike is a musical group, record producers.
- albums: "Blue Eyed Soul", "Operation Binary 24", "So in Luv", "The Album", "It Takes Two (Deeper Love)", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Respect"
- Spike was a Japanese video game developer and publisher. Most of the staff were part of Human Entertainment. Human's Fire Pro Wrestling series is owned by Spike. In April 2012, the company merged with Chunsoft to become Spike Chunsoft.
- also known as Spike Co. Ltd.; Spike Co., Ltd.
- Spike is a publisher.
- Spike is a lop-eared yellow Mastador and a dog actor best known for his performance as Old Yeller in the 1957 Disney film of the same name co-starring Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Kevin Corcoran. Spike was rescued as a pup from a shelter in Van Nuys, California and became the pet and pupil of animal trainer Frank Weatherwax.
- filmography: played Old Yeller (Uncredited) in "Old Yeller"
- Spike, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a pet of Joan Rivers.
SPIKE is an Aviation waypoint.
- Spike, a division of MTV Networks, is an American cable television channel. The channel began life as The Nashville Network, founded by WSM, Inc. in a joint venture with Group W Satellite Communications on March 7, 1983 and acquired a few months later by Gaylord Entertainment Company.
- also known as Spike TV
- official website: www.spike.com
- Spike is an Israeli fourth generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charged HEAT warhead, developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and in service with a number of nations.
- Spike: In gridiron football, a spike of the ball is a play in which the quarterback intentionally throws the ball at the ground immediately after the snap. A spike is technically an incomplete pass, and therefore, it has the effect of stopping the clock and exhausting a down. A spike is performed when the offensive team is conducting a hurried drive near the end of the first half or of the game, and the game clock is still running in the aftermath of the previous play; as an incomplete pass the spike causes the referee to stop the game clock, and the offensive team will have a chance to huddle and plan the next play without losing scarce game-clock time.
- Spike is a comic book series published by IDW Publishing. Written by Brian Lynch, it focuses on the character of Spike, a main character in television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. Uniquely, although this is a spin-off from IDW's larger Angel: After the Fall franchise, it also serves as a prequel to Dark Horse Comics' own Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series. As such, it is "canon" to the overall "Buffyverse" in which stories take place. Although originally intended as an ongoing series, the Angel rights transfer from IDW to Dark Horse caused the series end after eight issues.
- Spike: In stagecraft, a spike is a marking, usually made with a piece of tape, put on or around the stage. This marking is used to show the correct position for set pieces, furniture, actors and other items which move during the course of a performance and are required to stop or be placed in a specific location.
- Spike: Spike/Butch was a short-lived animation cartoon series by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The title character was also a recurring antagonist in the Droopy shorts. His name was changed to Butch to avoid confusion with Spike from the Tom and Jerry cartoons. All of the original, 1940s-50s shorts were directed by Tex Avery.
- Spike: In journalistic parlance, spiking refers to withholding a story from publication for reasons pertaining to its veracity. Spiking is relatively rare and usually happens late in the editing process. It is only required when a simple edit or questioning the reporter or assigning editor cannot fix the problem.
- Spike is a database of highly curated interactions for particular human pathways. SPIKE was developed by Ron Shamir's computational biology group in cooperation with the group of Yosef Shiloh, an Israel Prize recipient for his research in systems biology, and the group of Karen B. Avraham, a leading researcher of human deafness, all from Tel-Aviv University.
- Spike was a British comics anthology that ran from 22 January 1983 to 28 April 1984. 67 Issues. Published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, it was a traditional 'action comic for boys', with many of its strips revolving around football.
Phrases with Spike
Phrases starting with the word Spike:
- spike oil
- spike out
- spike heel
- spike mike
- spike moss
- spike rush
- spike heath
- Spike Muhly
- Spike Sedge
- Spike strip
- Spike Train
- Spike Fescue
- Spike Uniola
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by Perry J. Kaufman
—Nietzsche A volume spike is a single day on which the volume was much higher than the previous day—at least twice as high,
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—Nietzsche A volume spike is a single day on which the volume was much higher than the previous day—at least twice as high, perhaps three or four times. A volume spike is a warning that something happened, most likely the result of a ...
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—Nietzsche A volume spike is a single day on which the volume was much higher than the previous day—at least twice as high, perhaps three or four times. A volume spike is a warning that something happened, most likely the result of a surprising news release or new economic data. It could be...
"A spike is that which a culm bears at its summit.
a study of certain epochs in the development of the science of botany by Edward Lee Greene
A spike is that which a culm bears at its summit.
A Complete Guide to Hunting Knives Survival Knives Folding Knives Skinning Knives Sharpeners and More by Roger Eckstine
The marlin spike is a mariner's tool used to loosen knots, especially when the rope is wet. The Indonesian Karambit is sometimes referred to as having a hawksbill blade. The Emerson Super Karambit takes this age-old farm implement into the ...
by Chambers W. and R., ltd, Popular educator
The spike, from the Latin spica, a point, may be either simple or compound. The compound spike is that form of inflorescence in which the pedicels are completely, or almost completely wanting, and the flowers accordingly are sessile , as may ...
by Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, PhD, Ronald B. David, MD
The phantom spike is a very-low-amplitude, 6-persecond spike-and-wave discharge that is generally located in the posterior head regions and is regarded as a normal variant.
by Yitzchak Gutterman
The lignified spike is a synaptospermic dispersal unit. It is composed of two to four spikelets that contain three to seven caryopses (Fig. 3.32). Each of these caryopses differs in shape, size and hairiness. They also differ in colour: cinnamon, ...
With one simple spike. 1. Carex dioica, or small-sedge : spike simple, dioecous; margins of the capsules ferrulate. Culm slender, upright, smooth, from four to six, or even ten, inches high, with three sharpish angles. Dr. Goodenough adds ...
A medical dictionary written by a doctor for doctors by Joseph C Segen
arterial pulse curve seen in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which rises abruptly and falls during midsystole–spike, later rising a second time at a slower rate during late systole–dome; the jugular pulse in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is ...
by Encyclopaedia Perthensis
J • SPIKE, n.s. [/pica, Lat.] 1. An ear of corn.
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A raceme, with sessile flowers, becomes a Spike, as in Plantago (Fig. 164). In grasses the flowers are ' in smail spikes called Spikelets (Locxuta), as seen Fig. tea. rather Componnd nmhel of FoolVpars- ley (AMuui Cynapium). The peduncle, a ...
by John Christopher Willis, Herbert Kenneth Airy Shaw
splits into a dorsal and a ventral part, the former being the 'sterile' green blade, the latter the 'fertile' sporangiferous spike, often much branched and containing the sporangia sunk in its tissues. The spores are all of one kind and give ...
A Practical and Scientific Encyclopedia of Horticulture for Gardeners and Botanists by George Nicholson
long; the three upper segments oblong-spathulate, the three lower ones unguiculate; spike distichous, twentyto thirty-flowered, l; pilose, about six in a sub-basal, distichous ...
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Water towers, balconies, fire escapes and sash windows are all hidden on the backstreets of uptown Manhattan Island, New York City, U.S.A.
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Spiky sepals grow scale-like on the sunniest of plants.
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The volleyball player jumps up to spike the ball and go for the kill.
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- FACES OF SPIKE
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- Wheat spike
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- Spike plate
These are mid-distance spikes. Sprint spikes have a more sculptured spike plate, and often more spike sockets; long-distance or cross-country spikes have less prominent sockets. (Some cross spikes hide the spike plate entirely beneath the outsole, with the sockets almost recessed as a result.)
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- A Spike
All the tetanus you ever wanted.
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- Ice Spike In Situ
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- Spike loves computers
Working with Spike around the house
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- Broken Ice Spike
Some critter broke the top, either a stray dog or pinyon jay.
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- Goldenrod Spike
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- Spike zingt "New Slang" (The Shins) - DWDD
Spike zingt akoestisch "New Slang" van The Shins in DWDD 1 mei 2012 VARA Ned 3 - Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.
- Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Vocabulary
Andrea "bumps", "sets", and "spikes" in her explanation of these three volleyball vocabulary words. Watch more English lessons at...
- Spike Meaning
Video shows what spike means. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward/outward.. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
- Spike moss Meaning
Video shows what spike moss means. Any of various simple vascular plants, of the family Selaginellaceae, that resemble mosses and produce spores.. Spike ...
- Power spike definition - League of Legends
When you reach the items that give you the most damage output. Poonies.
- KConway Volleyball Spike Explanation
- Railroad spike Meaning
Video shows what railroad spike means. The piece of metal that fixes a railway line to a sleeper. Railroad spike Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio ...
- TxDOT offers explanation for toll lanes price spike during winter storm
During last week's winter storm, drivers on TEXpress toll lanes noticed a spike in prices.
- Devin's Spike Theory Definition
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- Spike Milligan - English Language
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Scrabble value of S1P3I1K5E1
The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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