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Picket definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PICK'ET, n. A stake sharpened or pointed; used in fortification and encampments.
1. A narrow board pointed; used in making fence.
2. A guard posted in front of an army to give notice of the approach of the enemy.
3. A game at cards. [See Piquet.]
4. A punishment with consists in making the offender stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
PICK'ET, v.t. To fortify with pointed stakes.
1. To inclose or fence with narrow pointed boards.
2. To fasten to a picket.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event [syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket]
2: a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
3: a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work
4: a vehicle performing sentinel duty
5: a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: picket, pale]
6: a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake [syn: picket, piquet] v
1: serve as pickets or post pickets; "picket a business to protest the layoffs"
2: fasten with a picket; "picket the goat"

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a person or group of people outside a place of work, intending to persuade esp. workers not to enter during a strike etc. 2 a pointed stake or peg driven into the ground to form a fence or palisade, to tether a horse, etc. 3 (also picquet, piquet) Mil. a a small body of troops sent out to watch for the enemy, held in readiness, etc. b a party of sentries. c an outpost. d a camp-guard on police duty in a garrison town etc. --v. (picketed, picketing) 1 a tr. & intr. station or act as a picket. b tr. beset or guard (a factory, workers, etc.) with a picket or pickets. 2 tr. secure (a place) with stakes. 3 tr. tether (an animal). Phrases and idioms: picket line a boundary established by workers on strike, esp. at the entrance to the place of work, which others are asked not to cross. Derivatives: picketer n. Etymology: F piquet pointed stake f. piquer prick, f. pic PICK(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Picket Pick"et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Picketing.] 1. To fortify with pointed stakes. 2. To inclose or fence with pickets or pales. 3. To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse. 4. To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket. 5. To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. [Obs.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 2. A pointed pale, used in marking fences. 3. [Probably so called from the picketing of the horses.] (Mil.) A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket. 4. By extension, men appointed by a trades union, or other labor organization, to intercept outsiders, and prevent them from working for employers with whom the organization is at variance. [Cant]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Piquet Pi*quet", n. [F., prob. fr. pique. See Pique, Pike, and Picket.] A game at cards played between two persons, with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, being set aside. [Written also picket and picquet.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(pickets, picketing, picketed) 1. 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 workers to join a strike. The miners went on strike and picketed the power stations... 100 union members and supporters picketed outside. VERB: V n, V Picket is also a noun. ...forty demonstrators who have set up a twenty four hour picket. N-COUNT picketing There was widespread picketing of mines where work was continuing. 2. Pickets are people who are picketing a place of work. The strikers agreed to remove their pickets and hold talks with the government. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [Written also Piquet.] 1. Stake. 2. Stake, pale. 3. (Mil.) Sentinel (on the outposts), guard, watchman, guardsman, sentry.

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