picketpick‧et1 /ˈpɪkɪt/ noun [countable]1BELa)when a group of people stand or march in front of a shop, factory, government building etc to protest about something or to stop people from going in during a strikeThere was a mass picket (=one involving a lot of people) by students outside the main office of the university.picket ofThey organized a picket of the power station.b)BELa person or the group of people involved in a picketThe pickets persuaded some drivers not to enter the factory. →flying picket2PMAa soldier or a group of soldiers with the specialduty of guarding a militarycampHe’s on picket duty tonight.
picketpicket2 verb1[intransitive, transitive]BELPROTEST to stand or march in front of a shop, factory, government building etc to protest about something or to stop people from going in during a strikeProtesters are still picketing outside the White House gates.a group of picketing miners2[transitive]PMA to place soldiers around or near a place as guards —picketing noun [uncountable]The new law will still allow peaceful picketing.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
picket• The opening of the penalunitinspired protests and picketing by neighbors in the surrounding neighborhood.• His own firm had been picketed for the last five months in a dispute over the use of new technology.• Even so, the unions' power to strike and picketremainedsubstantial.• More than 1,200 teacherspicketed that day.• Publishers were afraid of feministspicketing the bookstores.• Blackdemonstratorspicketed the court throughout the trial, alleging that the prosecution of the youths was tantamount to a judiciallynching.• Union members have picketed the departmentstore since it opened.• In a phonemessage to a friend, Siegel also threatened to picket the home of a prominentgayphilanthropist.• So are all the guys planning to picket the museumtoday.From Longman Business DictionaryLBED_26_apicketpick‧et /ˈpɪkɪt/ noun [countable]1 (also picket line) a group of people who stand in front of a shop, factory, or other building to protest about something or to stop people from going to work during a STRIKEa picket on the steps of the Federal court buildingWorkers refused to cross a picket line to unload the fish.2 (also picketer American English) one person in a picket lineThe pickets persuaded some drivers not to enter the factory. —picket verb [intransitive, transitive]Labor unions picketed the plant, protesting at the use of non-union workers.250 students will be picketing at the college.