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Webster 1913 Edition


Wicket

Wick′et

,
Noun.
[OE.
wiket
, OF.
wiket
,
guichet
, F.
quichet
; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel.
v[GREEK]k
a small creek, inlet, bay,
vik
a corner.]
1.
A small gate or door, especially one forming part of, or placed near, a larger door or gate; a narrow opening or entrance cut in or beside a door or gate, or the door which is used to close such entrance or aperture. Piers Plowman.
“Heaven’s wicket.”
Milton.
And so went to the high street, . . . and came to the great tower, but the gate and
wicket
was fast closed.
Ld. Berners.
The
wicket
, often opened, knew the key.
Dryden.
2.
A small gate by which the chamber of canal locks is emptied, or by which the amount of water passing to a water wheel is regulated.
3.
(Cricket)
(a)
A small framework at which the ball is bowled. It consists of three rods, or stumps, set vertically in the ground, with one or two short rods, called bails, lying horizontally across the top.
(b)
The ground on which the wickets are set.
4.
A place of shelter made of the boughs of trees, – used by lumbermen, etc.
[Local, U. S.]
Bartlett.
5.
(Mining)
The space between the pillars, in postand-stall working.
Raymond.
Wicket door
,
Wicket gate
,
a small door or gate; a wicket. See def. 1, above.
Bunyan.
Wicket keeper
(Cricket)
,
the player who stands behind the wicket to catch the balls and endeavor to put the batsman out.

Webster 1828 Edition


Wicket

WICKET

,
Noun.
A small gate.
The wicket, often opend, knew the key.

Definition 2021


wicket

wicket

English

Noun

wicket (plural wickets)

  1. A small door or gate, especially one associated with a larger one.
  2. A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 386:
      As he did so he heard the shuffle of footsteps entering the chapel and the clicking of the confessional wicket.
  3. (Britain) A service window, as in a bank or train station, where a customer conducts transactions with a teller; a ticket barrier at a rail station.
  4. (cricket) One of the two wooden structures at each end of the pitch, consisting of three vertical stumps and two bails; the target for the bowler, defended by the batsman.
  5. (cricket) A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out.
  6. (cricket) The period during which two batsmen bat together.
  7. (cricket) The pitch.
  8. (cricket) The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand.
  9. (croquet) Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven.
  10. (skiing, snowboarding) A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.
  11. (US, dialect) A shelter made from tree boughs, used by lumbermen.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
  12. (mining) The space between the pillars, in post-and-stall working.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Raymond to this entry?)
  13. (Internet, informal) An angle bracket when used in HTML.

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