Variant 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
Origin: Fr 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.)
- picketer noun
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