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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 pick•et /ˈpɪkɪt/
USA pronunciation n. [ countable ]
Buildinga post driven into the ground for use in a fence, to fasten down a tent, etc.
a person stationed, as by a union, outside a store, etc., to persuade workers or customers not to enter it during a strike.
a person engaged in a similar demonstration.
Militarya soldier placed on a forward position to warn against an enemy advance. v.
to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration: The workers were picketing the shop. [~ + object ] While the workers were picketing, security teams photographed them. [no object ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 pick•et
(pik ′it), USA pronunciation n.
Buildinga post, stake, pale, or peg that is used in a fence or barrier, to fasten down a tent, etc.
a person stationed by a union or the like outside a factory, store, mine, etc., in order to dissuade or prevent workers or customers from entering it during a strike.
a person engaged in any similar demonstration, as against a government's policies or actions, before an embassy, office building, construction project, etc.
Militarya soldier or detachment of soldiers placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance.
Military an aircraft or ship performing similar sentinel duty. [Navy, Air Force. ] v.t.
Buildingto enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection, imprisonment, etc.: to picket a lawn; to picket captives.
Buildingto fasten or tether to a picket.
to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, store, mine, embassy, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration.
to guard, as with pickets. Militaryto post as a picket. v.i.
to stand or march as a picket. pick ′et•er, n.
French piquet. See pike 2, - et 1680–90
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
picket / ˈpɪkɪt/ n a pointed stake, post, or peg that is driven into the ground to support a fence, provide a marker for surveying, etc an individual or group that stands outside an establishment to make a protest, to dissuade or prevent employees or clients from entering, etc Also: picquet a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack vb to post or serve as pickets at (a factory, embassy, etc): let's go and picket the shop to guard (a main body or place) by using or acting as a picket ( transitive) to fasten (a horse or other animal) to a picket ( transitive) to fence (an area, boundary, etc) with pickets Etymology: 18 th Century: from French piquet, from Old French piquer to prick; see pike² ˈpicketer n
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