picket


picket
picket [pik′it]
n.
[Fr piquet < piquer, to pierce < pic,PIKE2]
1. a stake or slat, usually pointed, used as an upright in a fence, a hitching post for animals, a marker, etc.
2. a group of soldiers or a single soldier stationed, usually at an outpost, to guard a body of troops from surprise attack
3. a ship or airplane that patrols a defense perimeter
4. a person, as a member of a labor union on strike, stationed outside a factory, store, or public building, often carrying a sign, to demonstrate opposition to certain views or practices, keep strikebreakers from entering, or dissuade people from buying
vt.
1. to enclose, shut in, or protect with a picket fence or palisade
2. to hitch (an animal) to a picket
3.
a) to post as a military picket
b) to guard (a body of troops) with a picket
4. to place pickets, or serve as a picket, at (a factory, etc.)
vi.
to serve as a PICKET (sense 4)
picketer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
/ , / (on the outposts), , , ,


Look at other dictionaries:

  • picket — pick·et 1 n: a person posted by a labor organization at a place of employment affected by a labor dispute; broadly: a person posted for a demonstration or protest picket 2 vt: to post pickets in front of: walk or stand in front of as a picket… …   Law dictionary

  • Picket — may refer to: Picketing (protest), a form of protest A climbing tool used to anchor a rope Picket fence Screw picket, a tethering device Picket line, to tether horses Picket (military), a military formation Picket, a piece in fairy chess Picket… …   Wikipedia

  • Picket — Pick et, n. [F. piquet, properly dim. of pique spear, pike. See {Pike}, and cf. {Piquet}.] 1. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Picket — Pick et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Picketing}.] 1. To fortify with pointed stakes. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose or fence with pickets or pales. [1913 Webster] 3. To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • picket — [n1] post of structure pale, paling, palisade, panel, peg, pillar, rail, stake, stanchion, upright; concepts 445,479 picket [n2] person who demonstrates for cause demonstrator, picketer, protester, striker; concepts 348,359 picket [n3] person… …   New thesaurus

  • picket — ► NOUN 1) a person or group of people standing outside a workplace trying to persuade others not to enter during a strike. 2) a soldier or small body of troops sent out to watch for the enemy. 3) a pointed wooden stake driven into the ground. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • Picket — (Feldmeßk.), so v.w. Kettennägel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • picket — (n.) 1680s, pointed stake (for defense against cavalry, etc.), from Fr. piquet, from piquer to pierce (see PIKE (Cf. pike) (n.2)). Sense of troops posted to watch for enemy first recorded 1761; that of striking workers stationed to prevent others …   Etymology dictionary

  • picket — The verb has inflected forms picketed, picketing …   Modern English usage

  • picket — US /ˈpɪkɪt/ noun [C] HR, WORKPLACE ► (also picket line) a group of people who stand outside an organization s building holding signs to protest against something. The people who protest are often employees who disagree with the management: »The… …   Financial and business terms


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.