American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small door or gate, especially one built into or near a larger one.
- n. A small window or opening, often fitted with glass or a grating.
- n. A sluice gate for regulating the amount of water in a millrace or canal or for emptying a lock.
- n. Sports In cricket:
- n. Sports Either of the two sets of three stumps, topped by bails, that forms the target of the bowler and is defended by the batsman.
- n. Sports A batsman's innings, which may be terminated by the ball knocking the bails off the stumps.
- n. Sports The termination of a batsman's innings.
- n. Sports The period during which two batsmen are in together.
- n. Sports See pitch2.
- n. Games Any of the small arches, usually made of wire, through which players try to drive their ball in croquet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game, formerly played in parts of the United States, resembling primitive cricket.
- n. A small gate or doorway, especially a small door or gate forming part of a larger one.
- n. A hole through which to communicate, or to view what, passes without; a window, lookout, loophole, or the like.
- n. A small gate by which the chamber of a canal-lock is emptied; also, a gate in the chute of a water-wheel, designed to regulate the amount of water passing to the wheel.
- n. A half-high door.
- n. A hole or opening.
- n. In cricket:
- n. The object at which the bowler aims, and before which, but a little on one side, the batsman stands. It consists of three stumps, having two bails lying in grooves along their tops. See cricket (with diagram).
- n. A batsman's tenure of his wicket. If the batting side pass their opponents' full score with (say) six players to be put out, they are said to win “by six wickets”—a colloquial abbreviation for “with six wickets to go down.”
- n. The ground on which the wickets are set: as, play was begun with an excellent wicket.
- n. In coal-mining. See wicket-work.
- n. A small door or gate, especially one associated with a larger one
- n. A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating.
- n. UK 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.
- n. 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
- n. cricket A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out
- n. cricket The period during which two batsmen bat together
- n. cricket The pitch
- n. cricket The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand
- n. Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven
- n. skiing, snowboarding : A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.
- n. Internet, informal an angle bracket when used in HTML
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. The ground on which the wickets are set.
- n. Local, U. S. A place of shelter made of the boughs of trees, -- used by lumbermen, etc.
- n. (Mining) The space between the pillars, in postand-stall working.
- n. a small arch used as croquet equipment
- n. small gate or door (especially one that is part of a larger door)
- n. cricket equipment consisting of a set of three stumps topped by crosspieces; used in playing cricket
- n. small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
- From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French viquet, from Old Norse (specifically, Old East Norse) víkjas. Compare modern French guichet, ultimately from the same source through Old French. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old North French wiket, nook, wicket. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Britains "most-gay-friendly employer", where 10% of the staff bowl round the wicket, is Staffordshire Police.”
“The sticky wicket is that once you file for SSA in Mexico, you have one year to establish at least 30 days of residence in the US before benefits can begin.”
“His approach to the wicket is shorter and more deliberate - more through his own feel than any instruction from Mushtaq - and he is all the better for it.”
“It's a very good wicket and I'm think we will be able to adapt quickly no matter how it plays, but if the wicket is a bit tricky, I think Australia will have the advantage.”
“England have been made to work hard for every Australia wicket, which is, of course, exactly how it should be in Test cricket, something the home team's bowlers could mention during the next team meeting.”
“Taken in its most basic form the wicket is a collection of three wooden poles stuck in the ground in a line with two wooden cylinders (called bails) on top, spanning the spaces.”
“ The wicket is the harbour and the garden is the shore. viii”
“He knocks at the little wicket, which is opened immediately by a domestic, who supplies him with what he wants, and receives the money like the waiter of any other cabaret.”
“As he ran, he saw that standing at the wicket was a batsman.”
“The wicket is the harbour and the garden is the shore.”
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