pickle
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpɪkl̩/
Noun

pickle (plural pickles)

  1. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
    A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
  2. (often, in the plural) Any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
  3. The brine used for preserving food.
    This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
  4. (informal) A difficult situation; peril.
    The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "Die Like a Dog", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 194:
      I beg you, Miss Jones, to realize the pickle you're in.
  5. (affectionate) A mildly mischievous loved one.
  6. (baseball) A rundown.
    Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.
  7. A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
    The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
  8. (slang) A penis.
  9. (slang) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
    Load some shards in that pickle.
  10. (metalworking) 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 colour.
  11. In an optical landing system, the hand-held controller connected to the lens, or apparatus on which the lights are mounted.
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  • German: Neckball
Translations Verb

pickle (pickles, present participle pickling; past and past participle pickled)

  1. (transitive, ergative) To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
    We pickled the remainder of the crop.
    These cucumbers pickle very well.
  2. (transitive) To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.
    The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.
  3. (programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.
    • 2005, Peter Norton et al, Beginning Python
      You can now restore the pickled data. If you like, close your Python interpreter and open a new instance, to convince yourself […]
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pickle (plural pickles)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) A kernel; a grain (of salt, sugar, etc.)
  2. (Northern England, Scotland) A small or indefinite quantity or amount (of something); a little, a bit, a few. Usually in partitive construction, frequently without "of"; a single grain or kernel of wheat, barley, oats, sand or dust.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, "Thrawn Janet"
      […] ill things are like guid—they baith come bit by bit, a pickle at a time […]
Verb

pickle (pickles, present participle pickling; past and past participle pickled)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, ambitransitive) To eat sparingly.
  2. (Northern England, Scotland, ambitransitive) To pilfer.

Pickle
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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