picket definition by Webster's New World
- 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
Origin: French piquet ; from piquer, to pierce ; from pic, pike
- 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.)
to serve as a picket (sense )
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- picketer noun
picket definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
- To enclose, secure, tether, mark out, or fortify with pickets.
- a. To post as a picket.b. To guard with a picket.
- To post a picket or pickets during a strike or demonstration.
To act or serve as a picket.
Origin: French piquet, from Old French, from piquer, to prick; see pique .
- pickˈet·er noun