Definition of Picket line

1. Noun. A line of people acting as pickets.

Generic synonyms: Line



Definition of Picket line

1. Noun. (rare) A line or rope held by one or many pickets, chiefly one used for tethering horses. ¹

2. Noun. (military) (rare) A barrier or fortification formed by pickets; a stockade. ¹

3. Noun. A boundary guarded by a picket, or unit, of soldiers. ¹

4. Noun. (American English) The boundary created by striking workers, generally at the workplace entrance, which other workers are asked not to pass. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Picket Line

pickerel frog
pickerel weed
pickerels
pickerelweed
pickerelweed family
pickerelweeds
pickeries
pickering
pickeringite
pickers
pickery
picket
picket boat
picket fence
picket fences
picket line (current term)
picket pool
picket ship
picketboat
picketboats
picketed
picketee
picketees
picketer
picketers
picketing
pickets
pickfest
pickguard
pickier

Literary usage of Picket line

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1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1882)
"One of these companies of a hundred goes into a sort of camp about a half-mile from the picket-line,—usually in a woods or near by a spring, ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore (1866)
"The general 'iirc'Ption of our line of battle is a little cast of north, and is very well fortified ; our front is covered by a picket-line of two (2) ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The picket-line is 15 yards in rear of the caissons; It is stretched between posts about six feet high, the ends being firmly secured; the horses are tied ..."

4. Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army by Philip Henry Sheridan (1888)
"RIDING OVER THE BATTLE-FIELD DESTRUCTION OF BAZEILLES MISTAKES OF THE FRENCH MARSHAL BAZAINE ON TO PARIS A WEEK IN MEAUX RHEIMS—ON THE PICKET-LINE—UNDER ..."

5. History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps: A Complete Record of the by Josiah Rhinehart Sypher (1865)
"... the enemy's left—The Reserves in the advance—The fight on Tuesday night—The picket line on the field—Battle of Antietam—Desperate fighting—Field won, ..."

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