American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Slightly soured; beginning to have an acid taste: said of wine which has been exposed to heat, or left insufficiently corked. Also pricked.
- n. A cotton material so woven as to have a small pattern in relief, usually rather thick and stiff, used for waistcoats, children's clothing, etc.
- n. The pattern produced by quilting with the needle, consisting of slightly raised parts between the depressions caused by the rows of stitches. Also called French quilting.
- n. A similar pattern in slight relief obtained in weaving, as in the material called piqué (see def. 1).
- n. Same as piqué-work.
- In music, same as picchetato.
- n. In billiards, a draw, with the cue held almost perpendicularly, necessitated by the nearness of the cue-ball to an obstructing ball or cushion. It often passes for a massé. See massé.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
- From French, literally 'backstitched', past participle of piquer (Wiktionary)
- French, past participle of piquer, to quilt, from Old French, to backstitch, prick; see pique. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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