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Definition of Picket


  1. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.
  2. A pointed pale, used in marking fences.
  3. A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket.
  4. 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.
  5. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
  6. A game at cards. See Piquet.
  7. To fortify with pointed stakes.
  8. To inclose or fence with pickets or pales.
  9. To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.
  10. To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket.
  11. To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.

Picket Quotations

I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.
Maya Angelou

You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too.
Paul Robeson

Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That's not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that's what life needs to be - and that if it's not that, it's all screwed up. It's not.
Tom Brady

In a complex and troubling world, who wouldn't want to simplify? Everybody does. Everybody wants to simplify and put up a picket fence.
Gary Ross

Any time someone carries a picket sign in front of the White House, that is the First Amendment in action.
Julian Bond
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Picket Translations

picket in German is Streikposten, Pfahl
picket in Spanish is piquete
picket in Swedish is stake, strejkvakt, piket
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