picket

Definitions

  • Rosenbaum Runs Into Sigel's Pickets. 66
    Rosenbaum Runs Into Sigel's Pickets. 66
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v picket fasten with a picket "picket the goat"
    • v picket serve as pickets or post pickets "picket a business to protest the layoffs"
    • n picket 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
    • n picket a wooden strip forming part of a fence
    • n picket a vehicle performing sentinel duty
    • n picket a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
    • n picket a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
    • n picket a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Picket (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.
    • Picket A game at cards. See Piquet.
    • Picket A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
    • Picket A pointed pale, used in marking fences.
    • Picket A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.
    • Picket 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.
    • Picket To fortify with pointed stakes.
    • Picket To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket.
    • Picket To inclose or fence with pickets or pales.
    • Picket To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.
    • Picket To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picket A pointed post, stake, or bar, usually of wood. Specifically— A pointed stake used in military stockading.
    • n picket Milit.: A guard posted in front of an army to give notice of the approach of the enemy: called-an outlying picket.
    • n picket A detachment of troops in a camp kept fully equipped and ready for immediate service in case of an alarm or the approach of an enemy: called an inlying picket.
    • n picket A small detachment of men sent out from a camp or garrison to bring in such of the soldiers as have exceeded their leave. See guard, post, etc.
    • n picket A body of men belonging to a trades-union sent to watch and annoy men working in a shop not belonging to the union, or against which a strike is in progress.
    • n picket A game at cards. See piquet.
    • n picket A punishment which consists in making the offender stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
    • n picket An elongated projectile pointed in front. The point may be conical, but is generally only conoidal, the point being made from the cylindrical body of the projectile by easy curves.
    • picket To fortify with pickets or pointed stakes; also, to inclose or fence with narrow pointed boards or pales.
    • picket To fasten to a picket or stake, as a horse.
    • picket To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
    • picket To place or post as a guard of observation.
    • picket To make into pickets.
    • n picket The tern or sea-swallow. Also pickie.
    • picket To place a picket or guard (see picket, n., 3) near a shop or mill, during a strike, to prevent men who do not belong to the striking organization or body from obtaining work in the shop, or to prevent the employers from securing such laborers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Picket pik′et a pointed stake used in fortification: a small outpost or guard stationed in front of an army: a number of men sent out by a trades-union to prevent others from working against the wishes or decisions of the union: a game at cards: a punishment inflicted by making a person stand on one foot on a pointed stake
    • v.i Picket to fasten to a stake, as a horse: to post a vanguard: to place a picket at or near
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Quotations

  • Ethel Lynn Beers
    Ethel Lynn Beers
    “All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. piquet, properly dim. of pique, spear, pike. See Pike, and cf. Piquet

Usage

In literature:

A picket of the King's Royal Rifles Mounted Infantry has exchanged a few shots with the enemy.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Soon after this Frank and I had another adventure outside the picket lines, but of an amusing nature only.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
A small clearing without the pickets was first made for a garden-spot.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
I resolved, therefore, to return to Marshal Lannes, regaining first the place where I had left M. Tassin and his picket of infantry.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Moreover, pickets might have been stationed along the path.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
A large fire denoted the position of the planter's picket.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Whereas with its picket lines properly posted it may with safety relax its vigilance, this duty being transferred to its picket forces.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Rodney and Zeb were stationed one afternoon on one of the roads as pickets, when a company of the British were discovered approaching.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
That night we camped beyond Warrenton and had the first taste of picket duty.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Within the line of fires the horses were picketed in two rows.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
The jail house was made out of 'dobe and pickets.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They were quartered in the railroad yards, and Grant ordered a thousand pickets out to meet the men at daybreak.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
One morning we were halfway to the bar when we remembered that we had neglected to picket out the horses.
"Gold" by Stewart White
At this time pickets were only changed every third day, "three-day picket," we called it.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
The pickets hold familiar conversation every day with the pickets of the enemy, the stream being narrow, and crossed by a log.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Much of his time he was on picket duty, and took part in many lively skirmishes with the redcoats.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The persons in the fort rushed to the pickets.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
About ten o'clock, our pickets were driven in by the enemy's advance.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
As I approached the picket, which was one of the most remote in my rounds, I resolved to ask the sentry had he seen any one.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
It became my time to go on picket; the post assigned to me was on the banks of the River, three miles beyond our camps.
"Memoirs of a Veteran Who Served as a Private in the 60's in the War Between the States" by Isaac Hermann
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In poetry:

Beside the path, on either hand,
To keep the garden beds,
The rusted iron pickets stand
Thin shafts and pointed heads.
"The Child Impaled" by John Le Gay Brereton
The doughty fellow held his tongue,
Nor budg'd he from the halbert long,
But proudly in defiance stood,
The picket-post of General Ludd.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
By the picket-pins that the dogs defile,
In the dung and the dust He lay,
Till the priests ran and chattered awhile
And we wiped Him and took Him away.
"Rimmon" by Rudyard Kipling
"A star? There`s nothing strange in that."
"No, nothing; but, above the thicket,
Somehow it seemed to me that God
Somewhere had just relieved a picket."
"Relieving Guard - Thomas Starr King Obit March 4, 1864" by Francis Bret Harte
The orchard path, which led around
The garden,--with its heat one twinge
Of dinning locusts,--picket-bound,
And ragged, brought me where one hinge
Held up the gate that scraped the ground.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein
I will go out until the day, until the morning break,
Out to the winds 'untainted kiss, the waters' clean caress.
I will forget my ankle-ring and snap my picket-stake.
I will revisit my lost loves, and playmates masterless!
"Toomai of the Elephants" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Controversial religious group to picket soldiers' funerals.
King George County gets new convenience center, picket fence and all.
There's a picket fence around the front of it.
The Water Cooler is written by Kerry Picket and other Washington Times opinion page staffers.
There appears to be movement on at least one of two major issues that have kept 350,000 students out of school this week, and their teachers on the picket line.
Some Walmart workers are planning to picket outside stores the day after Thanksgiving to protest Black Friday.
Business owners worry union's picket will distract from "Rediscover Downtown Day".
Dolly Madison employees picket outside the factory on US 31, Thursday afternoon, Nov 15, 2012.
Click on the image to view a photo slideshow of the picketing.
Teachers walk the picket lines outside Central Junior High School in south suburban Evergreen Park.
School staff walk the picket line around the BCIT campus in Burnaby with protest signs last week.
More than 26,000 teachers and support staff are expected to hit the picket lines, while the school district and parents make plans for keeping students safe and occupied during the day.
TAKING A STAND Pickets at a Santa Monica, Calif, restaurant.
Picketers are slowing trucks as tensions rise between striking Teamsters and replacement workers at the United Natural Foods distribution center in Auburn.
Along Raley's strike picket lines, exchange of views is heartfelt .
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In science:

GOE, GUE and picket-fence) the linear increase at the origin is capped.
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
Poisson (solid line), the GOE (dashed line) and the picket-fence (dotted line) case.
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Besides the GOE case, we considered also spectra without correlations (Poisson case) and a spectrum with equally spaced levels (picket-fence case).
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
Note that the errors for the random and the picket-fence spectrum are of the same order of magnitude as for the chaotic case.
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Data for the picket-fence spectra, where the initial states are eigenstates of H0 .
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The linear response result (15) for the Poisson case (thick solid line) and the picket-fence case (thick dashed line).
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From figure 6 we can see that, also for the picket-fence spectra, the linear response theory does a good job.
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Note e.g. at the Heisenberg time, t = 1, the relative differences between Poisson and GOE as well as between GOE and picket-fence, are of the order of 10%, each.
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As will be shown below, this is indeed the case, as long as H0 is not constructed from a picket-fence spectrum.
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Therefore we restrict our analytical treatment to the picket-fence case.
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Numerical results for large samples nrun = 50 000, for the Poisson case (♦), the GOE ((cid:3)), and the picket-fence case (◦ ).
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Perturbation theory, equation (41), for the picket-fence case (solid line).
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Using perturbation theory, we could obtain an analytical result for the picket-fence case, valid for small perturbations.
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Due to the lack of an appropriate reference, we shall calculate b2 (t) for the picket-fence case.
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E α = α, and we consider that the unperturbed energies form the picket-fence spectrum: the limit N → ∞.
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