1. A young or small pike. [Obs.]
Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a pickerel.Chaucer.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, esp. the smaller
species. (b) The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
The federation, or chain, pickerel (Esox reticulatus) and the brook pickerel (E. Americanus) are the most
common American species. They are used for food, and are noted for their voracity. About the Great
Lakes the pike is called pickerel.
Pickerel weed (Bot.), a blue-flowered aquatic plant (Pontederia cordata) having large arrow-shaped
leaves. So called because common in slow-moving waters where pickerel are often found.
(Pick"er*ing) n. [Probably a corruption of Pickerel.] (Zoöl.) The sauger of the St.Lawrence
(Pick"er*y) n. [From Pick to steal; or perhaps from Pickeer.] Petty theft. [Scot.] Holinshed.
(Pick"et) n. [F. piquet, properly dim. of pique spear, pike. See Pike, and cf. Piquet.]
1. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds
and angles; or one used for tethering horses.
2. A pointed pale, used in marking fences.
3. [Probably so called from the picketing of the horses.] (Mil.) A detached body of troops serving to
guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; called also outlying
4. 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. [Cant]
5. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot
on a pointed stake.
6. A game at cards. See Piquet.
Inlying picket (Mil.), a detachment of troops held in camp or quarters, detailed to march if called upon.
Picket fence, a fence made of pickets. See def. 2, above. Picket guard (Mil.), a guard of
horse and foot, always in readiness in case of alarm. Picket line. (Mil.) (a) A position held and
guarded by small bodies of men placed at intervals. (b) A rope to which horses are secured when
groomed. Picketpin, an iron pin for picketing horses.
(Pick"et), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Picketing.]
1. To fortify with pointed stakes.
2. To inclose or fence with pickets or pales.
3. To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.
4. To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket.
5. To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. [Obs.]
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