American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An edible product, such as a cucumber, that has been preserved and flavored in a solution of brine or vinegar.
- n. A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
- n. A chemical solution, such as an acid, that is used as a bath to remove scale and oxides from the surface of metals before plating or finishing.
- n. Informal A disagreeable or troublesome situation; a plight. See Synonyms at predicament.
- n. Baseball A rundown.
- v. To preserve or flavor (food) in a solution of brine or vinegar.
- v. To treat (metal) in a chemical bath.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pick.
- To glean.
- To eat sparingly or squeamishly; pick.
- To commit small thefts; pilfer.
- n. A grain of corn; any minute particle; a small quantity; a few.
- n. A hay-fork.
- n. A solution of salt and water in which flesh, fish, or other substance is preserved; brine.
- n. Vinegar, sometimes impregnated with spices, in which vegetables, fish, oysters, etc., are preserved.
- n. A thing preserved in pickle (in either of the above senses); specifically, a pickled cucumber.
- n. In founding, a bath of dilute sulphuric acid, or, for brass, of dilute nitric acid, to remove the sand and impurities from the surface.
- n. A state or condition of difficulty or disorder; a disagreeable position; a plight.
- n. A troublesome child.
- To preserve in pickle or brine; treat with pickle; also, to preserve or put up with vinegar, etc.: as, to pickle herring; to pickle onions.
- To imbue highly with anything bad: as, a pickled rogue.
- To prepare, as an imitation, and sell as genuine; give an antique appearance to: said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters.
- To subject, as various hardware articles, to the action of certain chemical agents in the process of manufacture.
- To treat with brine or pickle, as nets, to keep them from rotting.
- n. A small piece of land inclosed with a hedge; an inclosure; a close.
- n. A solution of salt and sulphuric acid in which skins are packed to preserve them. Sometimes other ingredients are used.
- n. Scotland A kernel, grain
- n. Scotland A bit, small quantity
- n. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
- n. , any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
- n. The brine used for preserving food.
- n. A difficult situation, peril.
- n. An affectionate term for a mildly mischievous loved one
- n. baseball A rundown.
- n. A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
- n. slang A penis.
- v. To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
- v. To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.
- v. programming (in the Python programming language) To serialize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See picle.
- n. A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.
- n. Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc.
- n. Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar.
- n. (Founding) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their color.
- n. colloq. A troublesome child.
- v. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle.
- v. To give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters.
- v. preserve in a pickling liquid
- n. informal terms for a difficult situation
- n. vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
- From Middle English pikel, pykyl, pekille, pigell ("spicy sauce served with meat or fish"), from Middle Dutch pekel ("brine"). Cognate with Scots pikkill ("salt liquor, brine"), Eastern Frisian pekel, päkel ("pickle, brine"), Dutch pekel ("pickle, brine"), Low German pekel, peckel, pickel, bickel ("pickle, brine"), German Pökel ("pickle, brine"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pikle, highly seasoned sauce, probably from Middle Dutch pekel, pickle, brine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Trying to "ketchup" with consumer demand for healthier foods, H.J. Heinz dropped the gherkin pickle from the condiment's more-than-a-century-old label logo and spruced it up with a tomato on the vine with the slogan "Grown not made.”
“How the script emerges from this pickle is a place of extreme spoiler territory and delicious screen surprise.”
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“UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: First you'll select the master arm switch, like you said, and then you'll press what we call the pickle button, right here.”
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“Peanut butter and pickle is better than it sounds, though.”
“She calls his name, and her voice is small and tinny, like that of the fairies he catches in pickle jars and beg to be set free.”
“Among comments there: The pickle is quintessentially 'Heinz' and is emblematic of your history.”
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“A hard corn taco of ground beef and pickle from a place called Malo Cantina Suavecita ... just awesome.”
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