verb (used with object)
- to guard, as with pickets.
- to post as a picket.
verb (used without object)
Origin of picket
Examples from the Web for picketing
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of picketing
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
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.