Definition of Picket

1. Noun. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event.

Exact synonyms: Lookout, Lookout Man, Scout, Sentinel, Sentry, Spotter, Watch
Generic synonyms: Security Guard, Watcher, Watchman
Derivative terms: Look Out, Spot, Watch

2. Verb. Serve as pickets or post pickets. "Picket a business to protest the layoffs"
Generic synonyms: Demonstrate, March

3. Noun. A detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack.
Generic synonyms: Detachment

4. Verb. Fasten with a picket. "Picket the goat"
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure

5. Noun. A protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work.
Generic synonyms: Demonstrator, Protester

6. Noun. A vehicle performing sentinel duty.
Generic synonyms: Military Vehicle
Specialized synonyms: Picket Boat, Picket Ship
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine

7. Noun. A wooden strip forming part of a fence.
Exact synonyms: Pale
Group relationships: Paling, Picket Fence
Generic synonyms: Strip

8. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Piquet
Generic synonyms: Torture, Torturing

Definition of Picket

1. n. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.

2. v. t. To fortify with pointed stakes.

Definition of Picket

1. Noun. A stake driven into the ground. ¹

2. Noun. (historical) A type of punishment by which an offender had to rest his or her entire body weight on the top of a small stake. ¹

3. Noun. A tool in mountaineering, that is driven into the snow and used as an anchor or to arrest falls. ¹

4. Noun. (military) Soldiers or troops placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance. It can also refer to any unit (for example, an aircraft or ship) performing a similar function. ¹

5. Noun. A sentry. Can be used figuratively. ¹

6. Noun. A protester positioned outside an office, workplace etc. during a strike (usually in plural); also the protest itself. ¹

7. Verb. to protest organized by a labour union. Typically in front of the location of employment. ¹

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Definition of Picket

1. to stand outside of some location, as a business, to publicize one's grievances against it [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Picket

1. 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. 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 labour organization, to intercept outsiders, and prevent them from working for employers with whom the organization is at variance. 5. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. 6. A game at cards. See Piquet. Inlying picket A position held and guarded by small bodies of men placed at intervals. A rope to which horses are secured when groomed. Picketpin, an iron pin for picketing horses. Origin: F. Piquet, properly dim. Of pique spear, pike. See Pike, and cf. Piquet. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Picket

picker's nodules
pickerel frog
pickerel weed
pickerelweed family
picket (current term)
picket boat
picket fence
picket fences
picket line
picket pool
picket ship

Literary usage of Picket

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"taining forty acres additional, and that subsequently foreclosure proceedings were had upon the trust deed made by picket, resulting in the placing of the ..."

2. The Photographic History of the Civil War ...: Thousands of Scenes by Francis Trevelyan Miller, Robert Sampson Lanier (1911)
"Mrs. Beers in a private letter to Mrs. Helen Kendrick Johnson said: "The poor ' picket ' has had so many authentic claimants, and willing sponsors, ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1862)
"THE picket-GUARD. ВТ E. II. Т RUT much of the soldier's picket duty In Western Virginia is performed lu кт-eat, gloomy forests, with which the mountainous ..."

4. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1875)
"204 Total of picket force and skirmishers supporting them, 792 Total strength ... 792 Total strength of troops not on picket, or sent out as skirmishers, . ..."

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