Spike may refer to:

Device to puncture or fasten

  • Nail (fastener), especially one over ten inches long
  • Rail spike, or Screw spike used to construct railroad tracks
  • Tree spiking
    Tree spiking
    Tree spiking involves hammering a metal rod, nail, or other material into a tree trunk to discourage logging by attempting to devalue the commercial use of the wood, reducing the economic viability of logging in the long term, while not threatening the life of the tree...

    , making a tree dangerous to cut with a chainsaw
  • "Spiking a gun", rendering a muzzle-loading gun inoperable by driving a nail into the touch hole
    Touch hole
    A touch hole is a small hole, through which the propellant charge of a cannon or muzzleloading gun is ignited. In small arms, the flash from a charge of priming held in the flash pan is enough to ignite the charge within...

  • Spike strip
    Spike strip
    A spike strip is a device used to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tires...

    , tire deflation device
  • Spike bayonet
    Spike bayonet
    A spike bayonet, also known as a pigsticker in informal contexts, is a blade attachment for a firearm taking the form of a pointed spike rather than a knife. Most early musket bayonets were of this type. From around 1800 knife- or sword style bayonets began to appear, which could also be wielded by...

    , an attachment for a firearm
  • Punji stick
    Punji stick
    The Punji stick or Punji stake is a type of booby trapped stake. It is a simple spike, made out of wood or bamboo, generally placed upright in the ground. Punji sticks are usually deployed in substantial numbers....

    , a type of booby trapped stake, usually deployed in substantial numbers
  • Cleat (shoe)
    Cleat (shoe)
    Cleats or studs are protrusions on the sole of a shoe, or on an external attachment to a shoe, that provide additional traction on a soft or slippery surface...

    , protrusions on the sole of a shoe
  • Caltrop
    A caltrop is an antipersonnel weapon made up of two or more sharp nails or spines arranged in such a manner that one of them always points upward from a stable base...

    , an antipersonnel weapon made up of two or more sharp nails or spines arranged in such a manner that one of them always points upward from a stable base (for example, a tetrahedron)


  • Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
  • Spike the Bulldog, a character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons
  • Spike (comics)
    Spike (comics)
    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....

    , any of several Marvel comic book characters
  • Christine "Spike" Nelson, a character in the Degrassi television series
  • Spike (Peanuts character), Snoopy's sibling
  • Spike Lester
    Spike Lester
    Herbert "Spike" Lester is a fictional character on the NBC/DirecTV soap opera Passions. He was played by Christopher Maleki from March 10, 2005 to January 7, 2008.-Character history:...

    , a character in the Passions television series
  • Spike Spiegel
    Spike Spiegel
    is the protagonist of the anime and manga series Cowboy Bebop. He won first place in the male character category of the Anime Grand Prix in 1998 and 1999.-Background:Spike is a fictional bounty hunter who was born on Mars, June 26, 2044...

    , a character in Cowboy Bebop media
  • Spike (Dragon Ball) or Akkuman, a character in Dragon Ball media
  • The Spike, one of the Titans in the 2007 video game Crash of the Titans
    Crash of the Titans
    Crash of the Titans is an platform video game published by Sierra Entertainment and developed by Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable , Wii and Xbox 360. The Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions of the game were developed by Amaze Entertainment...

  • Spike, a character in Dinosaurs media
  • Spike (The Land Before Time), a character in The Land Before Time media
  • Spike (Rugrats)
    Spike (Rugrats)
    Spike is the pet dog of the Pickles family in Nickelodeon shows Rugrats and All Grown Up!, and is among the series' original characters.Spike does not speak, except for in the episode In the Dreamtime and in the movie Rugrats Go Wild....

    , Tommy's adoptive dog from Nickelodeon's Rugrats
  • Spike, a character in the Space Quest V: The Next Mutation
    Space Quest V: The Next Mutation
    Space Quest V: Roger Wilco – The Next Mutation is an adventure game released on February 5, 1993.-Premise:Space Quest V is unusual in the series in that it is primarily a specific parody of Star Trek; while there are some references to other fiction movies, like Predator, Alien, and The Fly, the...

  • Cecil "Spike" Wilson, a character in the Sugar and Spike
    Sugar and Spike
    Sugar and Spike is the name of a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1956 through 1992, and the names of the main protagonists. Sugar and Spike was created, written and drawn by Sheldon Mayer.-Publication history:...

  • Spike (Tom and Jerry), an MGM cartoon character associated with the Tom and Jerry cartoons
  • Spike (MGM cartoon series)
    Spike (MGM cartoon series)
    Spike was a short-lived animation cartoon series by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. All of the original, 1940s-50s shorts were directed by Tex Avery, it was a spin-off from the Droopy series as opposed to the Spike from the Tom and Jerry cartoons.-Cartoons:...

    , another MGM cartoon character associated with the Droopy cartoons
  • Spike Witwicky, a character in the Transformers franchise
  • Spike (My Little Pony), a character from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic


  • Spike (Elvis Costello album)
    Spike (Elvis Costello album)
    Spike is the 12th studio album by the British rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, released on and compact disc as Warner Brothers 25848. It was his first album for the label. It peaked at #5 on the UK album chart, and at #32 on the Billboard 200....

    , a 1989 album by Elvis Costello
  • Spike (Puffy AmiYumi album)
    Spike (Puffy AmiYumi album)
    Spike is a studio album by PUFFY released in 2001, it is their first North American album.-US edition:#"No. 5" #"Violet"...

    , a 2001 album by Puffy AmiYumi
  • Spike Edney
    Spike Edney
    Philip 'Spike' Edney is a British musician who, since early 1970s, has performed with a number of bands, most notably, Queen, where his participation, starting in 1984, has been so extensive that some writers have described him as the "fifth member of Queen". In the earlier phase of his career,...

     (born 1951), British musician
  • Spike Jones
    Spike Jones
    Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and other Warner Brothers cartoon characters, performed a drunken, hiccuping verse for 1942's "Clink! Clink! Another Drink"...

     (1911–1965), bandleader
  • Spike (musician)
    Spike (musician)
    Spike sometimes also known as Spike Gray, is an English rock frontman, songwriter and vocalist most famous for his times with The Quireboys with whom he has released four studio albums to date....

    , singer of The Quireboys
  • Spike Stent or Mark Stent, British record producer and audio engineer
  • Spike Slawson
    Spike Slawson
    Spike Slawson is an American punk rock musician, a member of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Swingin' Utters, Filthy Thievin' Bastards and Re-Volts.-Early life:...

    , musician
  • A song from The Network album Money Money 2020
    Money Money 2020
    Money Money 2020 is the debut album by the new wave band The Network. It was released on September 30, 2003 through Adeline Records.The album came with a DVD that featured six music videos for songs on the CD directed and produced by Roy Miles of AntiDivision. It was re-released by Reprise Records...

  • Spike (cântăreț român), a Romanian hip hop
    Romanian hip hop
    Romanian hip hop is the hip hop music style that was developed in Romania around 1992. Most notable Romanian hip hop artists come from Bucharest, Romania's capital and largest city. The genre is currently growing in popularity in Europe...


Books and magazines

  • Spike Magazine
    Spike Magazine
    Spike Magazine is an internet cultural journal which began in 1996, founded by its editor Chris Mitchell in Brighton, England. Updated monthly, its motto is "picking the brains of popular culture", though it has an intellectual inclination.-Description:...

    , an internet cultural journal which began in 1996
  • The Spike (1980)
    The Spike (1980)
    The Spike is a 1980 spy thriller novel by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss . Drawing on de Borchgrave's experience as a jet-setting Newsweek journalist and conservative Washington insider, it tells the story of a radical '60s journalist, Bob Hockney, who stumbles upon a Soviet plot for global...

    , a 1980 novel by Arnaud de Borchgrave
  • The Spike (1997)
    The Spike (1997)
    The Spike is a 1997 book by Damien Broderick exploring the future of technology, and in particular the concept of the technological singularity....

    , novel by Damien Broderick
  • Spike (DC Thomson) a short lived Comics anthology published by DC Thomson

Film and television

  • Spike (TV channel), an American cable network
  • Spike (2008 film)
    Spike (2008 film)
    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...

    , directed by Robert Beaucage
  • Spike of Bensonhurst
    Spike of Bensonhurst
    Spike of Bensonhurst is a 1988 comedy-drama and mafia film directed by Paul Morrissey and starring Sasha Mitchell. The film also features Ernest Borgnine, Maria Pitillo, Dave Bettge, and Talisa Soto.-Plot:...

    , a 1988 comedy-drama film starring Sasha Mitchell
  • Spike (stagecraft)
    Spike (stagecraft)
    In stagecraft, a spike is a marking, usually made with a piece of tape, although some houses use paint pens, put on 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...

    , a theatrical term
  • Spike Feresten
    Spike Feresten
    Spike Feresten is an American television writer, screenwriter and television personality.-Origins and early career:Feresten was born September 3, 1964 in Fall River and raised in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he attended public schools. Feresten then attended Berklee College of Music in...

     (born 1964), American television personality
  • Spike Jonze
    Spike Jonze
    Spike Jonze is an American director, producer and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television...

     (born 1969), film director


  • Track spikes
    Track spikes
    Track spikes, or just spikes, are pointed protrusions usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic that are screwed into the bottom of most track and field shoes to increase traction and minimize the likelihood of slipping. The term "spikes" can also refer to track shoes featuring such protrusions...

    , lightweight shoes with spikes screwed into their bottom, or spike plate, in order to maximize traction
  • Cleat (shoe)
    Cleat (shoe)
    Cleats or studs are protrusions on the sole of a shoe, or on an external attachment to a shoe, that provide additional traction on a soft or slippery surface...

    , a type of shoe designed especially for sports played on grass or dirt, such as soccer or American football
  • Spike (Volleyball), jumping, raising one arm above the head and hitting the ball so it will move quickly down to the ground on the opponent's court
  • Spike (gridiron football)
    Spike (gridiron football)
    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 play in American football
  • Takeo Spikes
    Takeo Spikes
    Takeo Gerard Spikes is an American football linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals 13th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft...

     (born 1976), American football player


  • Spike (botany), a kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis
  • Spike (database)
    Spike (database)
    SPIKE is a database of highly curated interactions for particular human pathways....

     biological database
  • Alabama spike
    Alabama spike
    The Alabama spike, scientific name Elliptio arca, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels....

    , a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels
  • Brother spike
    Brother spike
    The brother spike scientific name Elliptio fraternum, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.This species is endemic to the United States.-Source:...

    , a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels
  • Diffraction spike
    Diffraction spike
    Diffraction spikes are lines radiating from bright light sources in reflecting telescope images. They are artifacts caused by light diffracting around the support vanes of the secondary mirror...

    , lines radiating from bright light sources in reflecting telescope images
  • False spike
    False spike
    The false spike, scientific name Quincuncina mitchelli, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.This species is endemic to the United States.-Source:...

    , a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels
  • Fern spike
    Fern spike
    In paleontology, a fern spike is the occurrence of abundant fern spores in the fossil record, usually immediately after an extinction event...

    , the occurrence of abundant fern spores in the fossil record, usually immediately (in a geological sense) after an extinction event

Other uses

  • Bird control spike
    Bird control spike
    A bird control spike, also known as an anti-roosting spike or roost modification, is a device consisting of long, needle-like rods used for bird control. They can be attached to building ledges, street lighting, and commercial signage to prevent wild or feral birds from perching or roosting...

    , a device consisting of long, needle-like rods used for bird control
  • Spike (computer science)
    Agile software development
    Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams...

    , an Agile programming term for a minimal prototype implementation of some system functionality that nonetheless encompasses the entire range of system operability
  • Spike (missile)
    Spike (missile)
    Spike is a fourth generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile with tandem-charged HEAT warhead, developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and in service with a number of nations....

     an Israeli fourth generation ATGM
  • Spike (company)
    Spike (company)
    is 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.-Games developed:*Crimson Tears*Dangan Ronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei...

    , a video game company
  • Spike Island (disambiguation)
  • Spike (music), a part of certain stringed instruments
  • Spike (journalism)
    Spike (journalism)
    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...

    , to decide not to publish or make public, a matter of concern in journalism ethics and standards
  • Mickey Finn (drugs)
    Mickey Finn (drugs)
    A Mickey Finn, is a slang term for a drink laced with a drug given to someone without his knowledge in order to incapacitate him...

    , drink spiking: to covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances
  • Spike Shooter
    Spike Shooter
    SPIKE Hardcore Energy is an energy drink sold by SPIKE LLC of Colorado Springs, Colorado. SPIKE features 16 oz and 8 oz energy drinks, as well as a 4.26 oz Double Shot...

    , a sports energy drink
  • Action potential
    Action potential
    In physiology, an action potential is a short-lasting event in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls, following a consistent trajectory. Action potentials occur in several types of animal cells, called excitable cells, which include neurons, muscle cells, and...

    , a concept in neuroscience
  • Voltage spike
    Voltage spike
    In electrical engineering, spikes are fast, short duration electrical transients in voltage , current , or transferred energy in an electrical circuit....

    , also called an electrical surge
  • SPIKE algorithm
    SPIKE algorithm
    The SPIKE algorithm is a hybrid parallel solver for banded linear systems developed by Eric Polizzi and Ahmed Sameh.-Overview:The SPIKE algorithm deals with a linear system , where is a banded n\times n matrix of bandwidth much less than n, and is an n\times s matrix containing s right-hand sides...

    , a mathematical parallel algorithm for solving banded systems of linear equations
  • Colloquial name for a workhouse
    In England and Wales a workhouse, colloquially known as a spike, was a place where those unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment...

  • The spike, slang for an elbow bump
    Elbow bump
    The elbow bump is an informal greeting where two people touch elbows. Interest in this greeting was renewed during the avian flu scare of 2006 and the 2009 swine flu outbreak, when health officials supported its use to reduce the spread of germs....

  • Hail spike, an artifact on a weather radar display indicative of large hail
  • Ice spike
    Ice spike
    An ice spike is an upward-facing icicle that forms as a body of water freezes. Ice spikes can form in natural environments or can be made artificially by freezing distilled water in plastic ice cube trays.Water expands when it freezes...

    , an upward-facing icicle that forms as a body of water freezes

See also

  • Spike (given name)
    Spike (given name)
    The following people or characters have the given name or nickname Spike:-Real people:* Spike Jones , American musician and satirist* Terence 'Spike' Milligan , Irish satirist, creator of the The Goon Show...

  • Spyke
    Spyke is a character who was briefly a member of the X-Men in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Created by writer Bob Skir and artist Steven E...

    , the X-Men: Evolution character
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