Definition of Picket in English :

Define Picket in English

Picket meaning in English

Meaning of Picket in English

Pronunciation of Picket in English

Picket pronunciation in English

Pronounce Picket in English


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1. lookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter, watch

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

2. picket

a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack

3. picket

a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work

4. picket

a vehicle performing sentinel duty

5. pale, picket

a wooden strip forming part of a fence

6. picket, piquet

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


7. picket

serve as pickets or post pickets

Example Sentences:
'picket a business to protest the layoffs'

8. picket

fasten with a picket

Example Sentences:
'picket the goat'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of picket
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
3. Also: picquet
a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack
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
6. (transitive)
to fasten (a horse or other animal) to a picket
7. (transitive)
to fence (an area, boundary, etc) with pickets

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see synonyms of picket
a stake or slat, usually pointed, used as an upright in a fence, a hitching post for animals, a marker, etc.
a group of soldiers or a single soldier stationed, usually at an outpost, to guard a body of troops from surprise attack
a ship or airplane that patrols a defense perimeter
a person, as a member of a labor union on strike, stationed outside a factory, store, or public building, often carrying a sign, to demonstrate opposition to certain views or practices, keep strikebreakers from entering, or dissuade people from buying
verb transitive
to enclose, shut in, or protect with a picket fence or palisade
to hitch (an animal) to a picket
to post as a military picket
to guard (a body of troops) with a picket
to place pickets, or serve as a picket, at (a factory, etc.)
verb intransitive
to serve as a picket (sense 4)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of picket
1. A pointed stake often driven into the ground to support a fence, secure a tent, tether animals, mark points in surveying, or, when pointed at the top, serve as a defense.
2. A detachment of one or more troops, ships, or aircraft held in readiness or advanced to warn of an enemy's approach: "The outlying sonar picket ... was to detect, localize, and engage any submarine trying to close the convoy" (Tom Clancy).
a. A person or group of persons stationed outside a place of employment, usually during a strike, to express grievance or protest and discourage entry by nonstriking employees or customers.
b. A person or group of persons present outside a building to protest.
v. pick·et·ed, pick·et·ing, pick·ets
1. To enclose, secure, tether, mark out, or fortify with pickets.
a. To post as a picket.
b. To guard with a picket.
3. To post a picket or pickets during a strike or demonstration.
To act or serve as a picket.

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