Picket (military)


(1)   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
(2)   A wooden strip forming part of a fence
(3)   A vehicle performing sentinel duty
(4)   A detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
(5)   A person employed to watch for something to happen
(6)   A protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work


(7)   Fasten with a picket
"Picket the goat"
(8)   Serve as pickets or post pickets
"Picket a business to protest the layoffs"


  1. A stake driven into the ground.
    A picket fence.
  2. A type of punishment by which an offender had to rest his or her entire body weight on the top of a small stake.
  3. A tool in mountaineering, that is driven into the snow and used as an anchor or to arrest falls.
  4. Soldiers or troops placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance. It can also refer to any unit (for example, an aircraft or ship) performing a similar function.
    Pickets warned of enemy troops approaching from the west.
  5. A protester positioned outside an office, workplace etc. during a strike (usually in plural); also the protest itself.
    Pickets normally endeavor to be non-violent.


  1. to protest organized by a labour union. Typically in front of the location of employment.