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n. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses. A pointed pale, used in marking fences. (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. 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. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake. 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.


 - 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.


 - Picket pin, ...

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