wicket definition by Webster's New World
- a small door or gate, esp. one set in or near a larger door or gate
- a small window or opening, as for a bank teller or in a box office
- a small gate for regulating the flow of water to a water wheel or for emptying a canal lock
Origin: from orig. resemblance to a gateCricket
- either of two sets of three vertical sticks (stumps) each, with two small pieces (bails) resting on top of them
- the playing space between the two wickets
- an unplayed or unfinished inning
- a player's turn at bat
- ☆ Croquet any of the small wire arches through which the balls must be hit
Origin: Middle English wiket ; from Norman French (for Old French guichet), diminutive ; from Middle Dutch wijk, a curve ; from Indo-European an unverified form weig- from source weak
wicket definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small door or gate, especially one built into or near a larger one.
- A small window or opening, often fitted with glass or a grating.
- A sluice gate for regulating the amount of water in a millrace or canal or for emptying a lock.
- Sports In cricket:a. Either of the two sets of three stumps, topped by bails, that forms the target of the bowler and is defended by the batsman.b. A batsman's innings, which may be terminated by the ball knocking the bails off the stumps.c. The termination of a batsman's innings.d. The period during which two batsmen are in together.e. See pitch2.
- Games Any of the small arches, usually made of wire, through which players try to drive their ball in croquet.
Origin: Middle English, from Old North French wiket, nook, wicket; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.