picket
I. noun Etymology: French piquet, from Middle French, from piquer to prick — more at pike Date: circa 1702 1. a pointed or sharpened stake, post, or pale 2. a. a detached body of soldiers serving to guard an army from surprise b. a detachment kept ready in camp for such duty c. sentry 3. a person posted by a labor organization at a place of work affected by a strike; also a person posted for a demonstration or protest II. verb Date: 1745 transitive verb 1. to enclose, fence, or fortify with pickets 2. a. to guard with a picket b. to post as a picket 3. tether 4. a. to post pickets at b. to walk or stand in front of as a picket intransitive verb to serve as a picket • picketer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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