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Meaning of pickle

pick•le

Pronunciation: (pik'ul), [key]
— n., v., -led, -ling.
—n.
  1. a cucumber that has been preserved in brine, vinegar, or the like.
  2. Often,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. an acid or other chemical solution in which metal objects are dipped to remove oxide scale or other adhering substances.
  6. a troublesome or awkward situation; predicament: I was in a pickle after the check bounced.
  7. a sour, disagreeable person.
—v.t.
  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. to store; prepare for long-range storage: Let's pickle these old cars for a few years.

pick•le

Pronunciation: (pik'ul), [key]
— 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.
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