- a post, stake, pale, or peg that is used in a fence or barrier, to fasten down a tent, etc.
- a person stationed by a union or the like outside a factory, store, mine, etc., in order to dissuade or prevent workers or customers from entering it during a strike.
- a person engaged in any similar demonstration, as against a government's policies or actions, before an embassy, office building, construction project, etc.
- Military. a soldier or detachment of soldiers placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance.
- Navy, Air Force. an aircraft or ship performing similar sentinel duty.
- to enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection, imprisonment, etc.: to picket a lawn; to picket captives.
- to fasten or tether to a picket.
- to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, store, mine, embassy, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration.
- to guard, as with pickets.
- to post as a picket.
- to stand or march as a picket.
Origin of picket
Examples from the Web for picketing
And sure enough, before long, immigration activists in North Carolina were picketing Hagan at campaign events.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 11, 2014
The Klan is standing up to the 'God Hates Fags' protestors in light of the WBC's picketing of military funerals.When Hate Collides: The KKK Meets the Westboro Baptist Church
December 19, 2012
Miners who were working under killer conditions were shot at while picketing.The Elmore Leonard Interview
April 9, 2012
I was driving it home As a picketing peg for my horse, So that he should not roam.
After picketing the horses, a sick sergeant's horse was handed over to me.
Picketing the horse as Pinkey had taught him, he put the cow on a rope also.The Dude Wrangler
When first the siege began, picketing was dangerous business.The Recollections of A Drummer-Boy
Harry M. Kieffer
We remained at Nolensville nearly two months, picketing and scouting.Terry's Texas Rangers
Leonidas B. Giles
- a pointed stake, post, or peg that is driven into the ground to support a fence, provide a marker for surveying, etc
- an individual or group that stands outside an establishment to make a protest, to dissuade or prevent employees or clients from entering, etc
- Also: picquet a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack
- to post or serve as pickets at (a factory, embassy, etc)let's go and picket the shop
- to guard (a main body or place) by using or acting as a picket
- (tr) to fasten (a horse or other animal) to a picket
- (tr) to fence (an area, boundary, etc) with pickets
Word Origin and History for picketing
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.