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picket - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'picket' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Picket [ n.]
- A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.
- A pointed pale, used in marking fences.
- A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket.
- By extension, men appointed by a trades union, or other labor organization, to intercept outsiders, and prevent them from working for employers with whom the organization is at variance.
- A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
- A game at cards. See Piquet.
2 . Picket [ v. t.]
- To fortify with pointed stakes.
- To inclose or fence with pickets or pales.
- To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.
- To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket.
- To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.

Meaning of 'picket' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . picket [ v]
Meaning (1):
- serve as pickets or post pickets
Example in sentence:
  • picket a business to protest the layoffs
Meaning (2):
- fasten with a picket
Example in sentence:
  • picket the goat