verb (used with object)
- to guard, as with pickets.
- to post as a picket.
verb (used without object)
- pickerel frog,
- pickering, edward charles,
- picket boat,
- picket fence,
- picket line,
Origin of picket
Examples from the Web for picket
Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.
A bar chart showing quarterly GDP growth resembles the teeth of a saw, not a picket fence.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year|Daniel Gross|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet the teachers are angrily rejecting it and taking to the picket line.
From there, groups of one or two hundred went to picket locations, including Bank of America.
Truitt came late to abstraction, by way of pictures of picket fences.
I listened, and soon became convinced that they were a picket, sent out there to watch for just such persons as myself.Daring and Suffering:|William Pittenger
It is safer to picket a horse by a rope upon the neck rather than upon the leg.Pluck on the Long Trail|Edwin L. Sabin
Mr. Picket is apt to be a little restless nights; walks in his sleep; and sometimes wanders about the house with a loaded musket.A Tender Attachment|George Melville Baker
Such was our life on picket at Port Royal,—a thing whose memory is now fast melting into such stuff as dreams are made of.Army Life in a Black Regiment|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If he had, that picket officer would have known that I am not the man.Brave Old Salt|Oliver Optic
Word Origin for picket
1680s, "pointed stake (for defense against cavalry, etc.)," from French piquet "pointed stake," from piquer "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). Sense of "troops posted to watch for enemy" first recorded 1761; that of "striking workers stationed to prevent others from entering a factory" is from 1867. Picket line is 1856 in the military sense, 1945 of labor strikes.
1745, "to enclose with pickets," from picket (n.). The sense in labor strikes, protests, etc., is attested from 1867. Related: Picketed; picketing.