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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (6)

1. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event;
[syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket]

2. a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack;

3. a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work;

4. a vehicle performing sentinel duty;

5. a wooden strip forming part of a fence;
[syn: picket, pale]

6. a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake;
[syn: picket, piquet]


VERB (2)

1. serve as pickets or post pickets;
- Example: "picket a business to protest the layoffs"

2. fasten with a picket;
- Example: "picket the goat"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Picket \Pick"et\, n. [F. piquet, properly dim. of pique spear, pike. See Pike, and cf. Piquet.] 1. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses. [1913 Webster] 2. A pointed pale, used in marking fences. [1913 Webster] 3. [Probably so called from the picketing of the horses.] (Mil.) A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket. [1913 Webster] 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. [Cant] [1913 Webster] 5. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. [1913 Webster] 6. A game at cards. See Piquet. [1913 Webster] Inlying picket (Mil.), a detachment of troops held in camp or quarters, detailed to march if called upon. Picket fence, a fence made of pickets. See def. 2, above. Picket guard (Mil.), a guard of horse and foot, always in readiness in case of alarm. Picket line. (Mil.) (a) A position held and guarded by small bodies of men placed at intervals. (b) A rope to which horses are secured when groomed. Picketpin, an iron pin for picketing horses. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Picket \Pick"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Picketing.] 1. To fortify with pointed stakes. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose or fence with pickets or pales. [1913 Webster] 3. To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse. [1913 Webster] 4. To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket. [1913 Webster] 5. To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Piquet \Pi*quet"\, n. [F., prob. fr. pique. See Pique, Pike, and Picket.] A game at cards played between two persons, with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, being set aside. [Written also picket and picquet.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

picket n 1: a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event [syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket] 2: a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack 3: a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work 4: a vehicle performing sentinel duty 5: a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: picket, pale] 6: a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake [syn: picket, piquet] v 1: serve as pickets or post pickets; "picket a business to protest the layoffs" 2: fasten with a picket; "picket the goat"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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