Definition of Pickle

1. Noun. Vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar.

Generic synonyms: Relish
Specialized synonyms: Gherkin, Caper, Dill Pickle, Sweet Pickle

2. Verb. Preserve in a pickling liquid. "The chefs pickle the vegetables"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Keep, Preserve

3. Noun. Informal terms for a difficult situation. ; "He made a muddle of his marriage"
Exact synonyms: Fix, Hole, Jam, Kettle Of Fish, Mess, Muddle
Generic synonyms: Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Dog's Breakfast, Dog's Dinner

Definition of Pickle

1. n. See Picle.

2. n. A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.

3. v. t. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers.

Definition of Pickle

1. Noun. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup. ¹

2. Noun. (''Often in plural: pickles''), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish. ¹

3. Noun. The brine used for preserving food. ¹

4. Noun. A difficult situation, peril. ¹

5. Noun. An affectionate term for a mildly mischievous loved one ¹

6. Noun. (baseball) A rundown. ¹

7. Noun. A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown ¹

8. Noun. (slang) A penis. ¹

9. Verb. To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution. ¹

10. Verb. To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid. ¹

11. Verb. (programming) (context: in the Python programming language) To serialize. ¹

12. Noun. (Scotland) A kernel, grain ¹

13. Noun. (Scotland) A bit, small quantity ¹

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Definition of Pickle

1. to preserve or flavor in a solution of brine or vinegar [v -LED, -LING, -LES]

Medical Definition of Pickle

1. 1. A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc, may be preserved or corned; brine. Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc. 2. Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar. 3. A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc, to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc, from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour. 4. A troublesome child; as, a little pickle. To be in a pickle, to be in disagreeable position; to be in a condition of embarrassment, difficulty, or disorder. "How cam'st thou in this pickle?" . To put a rod in pickle, to prepare a particular reproof, punishment, or penalty for future application. Origin: Cf. D. Pekel. Probably a dim. Fr. Pick, alluding to the cleaning of the fish. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pickle

pickin' and grinnin'
picking and grinning
picking up
pickle barrel
pickle relish
pickled egg
pickled eggs
pickled herring
pickled onion
pickled onions
pickled pine

Literary usage of Pickle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"PEREGRINE pickle 1761 At candlelight DD, and I read by turns, ... Peregrine pickle attacks by a most brutal and cowardly plot the honour of a young girl, ..."

2. The Works of Tobias Smollett by Tobias George Smollett, William Ernest Henley (1899)
"When pickle interpreted this apology to the Italian, Pallet was forgiven in ... CHAPTER XLV The Painter is persuaded to accompany pickle to a Masquerade in ..."

3. Text-book of Meat Hygiene: With Special Consideration of Antemortem and by Richard Heinrich Edelmann (1919)
"pickle Solution.—In making pickle solution the sugar and saltpetre are usually figures at about 3°; thus if the plain brine is 75° strength, the sugar and ..."

4. The Improved Housewife, Or, Book of Receipts: With Engravings for Marketing by A. L. Webster (1853)
"To pickle Salmon. Put a large half pint of vinegar to a quart of liquor the ... T» boil a salmon on purpose to pickle, it keeps better for not being scaled. ..."

5. Rural Affairs by John Jacob Thomas (1881)
"Keep the meat in this pickle for at least four weeks, and if the pork is heavy ... A DRY pickle.—Those who have only a few hams to cure, or lack barrels for ..."

6. Virginia Cookery-book by Mary Stuart Smith (1912)
"Cabbage pickle.—Chopped pickle.—Filling for Five Dozen Peach Mangoes. ... Ripe Tomato pickle.—Green Tomato pickle, No. 1.— Green Tomato pickle, No. 2. ..."

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