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—n., v., -led, -ling.
1. a cucumber that has been preserved in brine, vinegar, or the like.
2. Often, pickles. any other vegetable, as cauliflower, celery, etc., preserved in vinegar and eaten as a relish.
3. something preserved in a brine or marinade.
4. a liquid usually prepared with salt or vinegar for preserving or flavoring fish, meat, vegetables, etc.; brine or marinade.
5. Metall.an acid or other chemical solution in which metal objects are dipped to remove oxide scale or other adhering substances.
6. Informal.a troublesome or awkward situation; predicament: I was in a pickle after the check bounced.
7. Informal.a sour, disagreeable person.
1. to preserve or steep in brine or other liquid.
2. to treat with a chemical solution, as for the purpose of cleaning.
3. to give a pale, streaked finish to (wood) by applying and partly removing paint or by bleaching, as to give an appearance of age.
4. Slang.to store; prepare for long-range storage: Let's pickle these old cars for a few years.
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—n. Scot. and North Eng.
1. a single grain or kernel, as of barley or corn.
2. a small amount; a little.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.