1. noun /iːk/
A very small addition to the bottom of a beehive, often merely of a few bands of straw, on which the hive is raised temporarily. <! The Beekeepers Manual, Pg, 25, Henry Taylor 1860
2. adverb /iːk/

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  • eke — [ ik ] verb ,eke out phrasal verb transitive to get just enough money or food to be able to continue to exist: eke out a living/an existence: The family barely manages to eke out a living from their small farm. a. to make something such as money… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • eke — eke1 [ēk] vt. eked, eking [ME eken, to increase < OE eacan & eacian: see WAX2] Now Dial. to make larger or longer; increase to make larger or longer; increase eke out 1. to add to so as to make sufficient; supplement [to eke out an income with …   English World dictionary

  • Eke — Eke, n. An addition. [R.] [1913 Webster] Clumsy ekes that may well be spared. Geddes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • eke — {{11}}eke (adv.) also (obsolete), from O.E. eac, cognate with O.S., O.Du. ok, O.N., Goth. auk, O.Fris. ak, O.H.G. ouh, Ger. auch also; probably related to EKE (Cf. eke) (v.). {{12}}eke (v.) c.1200, eken to increase, lengthen, north England and E …   Etymology dictionary

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