picket

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pick•et /ˈpɪkɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga post 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 store, etc., to persuade workers or customers not to enter it during a strike.
  3. a person engaged in a similar demonstration.
  4. Militarya soldier placed on a forward position to warn against an enemy advance.

v. 
  1. to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration: [+ object]The workers were picketing the shop.[no object]While the workers were picketing, security teams photographed them.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
pick•et  (pikit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga 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 customers from entering it during a strike.
  3. a person engaged in any similar demonstration, as against a government's policies or actions, before an embassy, office building, construction project, etc.
  4. Militarya soldier or detachment of soldiers placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance.
  5. Military[Navy, Air Force.]an aircraft or ship performing similar sentinel duty.

v.t. 
  1. Buildingto enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection, imprisonment, etc.:to picket a lawn; to picket captives.
  2. Buildingto fasten or tether to a picket.
  3. to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, store, mine, embassy, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration.
  4. Military
    • to guard, as with pickets.
    • Militaryto post as a picket.

v.i. 
  1. to stand or march as a picket.
picket•er, n. 
  • French piquet. See pike2, -et
  • 1680–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

picket /ˈpɪkɪt/ n
  1. a pointed stake, post, or peg that is driven into the ground to support a fence, provide a marker for surveying, etc
  2. an individual or group that stands outside an establishment to make a protest, to dissuade or prevent employees or clients from entering, etc

  3. Also: picquet a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack
vb
  1. to post or serve as pickets at (a factory, embassy, etc): let's go and picket the shop
  2. to guard (a main body or place) by using or acting as a picket
  3. (transitive) to fasten (a horse or other animal) to a picket
  4. (transitive) to fence (an area, boundary, etc) with pickets
Etymology: 18th Century: from French piquet, from Old French piquer to prick; see pike²

ˈpicketer n



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