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Definition of "picket" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • A person or group of persons present outside a building to protest. (noun)
  • To enclose, secure, tether, mark out, or fortify with pickets. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "picket" in a sentence
  • "That's right, that's what they call a picket line."
  • "If the picket is 6 "wide you get a 6" space. smokesilver"
  • "Even if they do — the way, for instance, picket, as in "picket fence," and piqué, "a stiff fabric with a raised pattern," do — that hardly implies that nowadays they're synonyms."