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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.
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Picket Translations

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