picket

  • 1picket — 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

  • 2Picket — 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… …

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  • 3picket — [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… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4Picket — 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

  • 5Picket — 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

  • 6picket — [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

  • 7picket — ► 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

  • 8Picket — (Feldmeßk.), so v.w. Kettennägel …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 9picket — (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

  • 10picket — The verb has inflected forms picketed, picketing …

    Modern English usage

  • 11picket — 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

  • 12picket — 1 noun (C) 1 also picket line a group or line of people who stand or march in front of a shop, factory, government building etc to protest about something or to stop people from going in during a strike: a picket on the steps of the Federal court …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13picket — pick|et1 [ˈpıkıt] n [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: piquet, from piquer to prick ] 1.) a) when a group of people stand or march in front of a shop, factory, government building etc to protest about something or to stop people from going in… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14picket — picketer, n. /pik it/, n. 1. a post, stake, pale, or peg that is used in a fence or barrier, to fasten down a tent, etc. 2. a person stationed by a union or the like outside a factory, store, mine, etc., in order to dissuade or prevent workers or …

    Universalium

  • 15picket — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ mass ▪ flying (BrE) ▪ Flying pickets arrived from all over the country. VERB + PICKET ▪ organize ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16picket — I UK [ˈpɪkɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms picket : singular picket plural pickets 1) a) a group of people who are protesting about something outside a building, especially a group of workers who are on strike and are encouraging other… …

    English dictionary

  • 17picket — /ˈpɪkət / (say pikuht) noun 1. a pointed post, stake, pale, or peg, as for driving into the ground in making a stockade, for placing vertically to form the main part of a fence (picket fence), for driving into the ground to fasten something to,… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 18picket — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19picket — pick•et [[t]ˈpɪk ɪt[/t]] n. 1) bui a post, stake, or peg that is driven into the ground for use in a fence, to fasten down a tent, etc 2) a person stationed, as by a union, outside a factory, store, etc., to dissuade workers or customers from… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20picket — [[t]pɪ̱kɪt[/t]] pickets, picketing, picketed 1) VERB When a group of people, usually trade union members, picket a place of work, they stand outside it in order to protest about something, to prevent people from going in, or to persuade the… …

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