wicket

Meaning

Noun

  • A small door or gate, especially one beside a larger one.
  • A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating.
  • 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, box office at a cinema, etc.
  • 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.
  • A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out.
  • The period during which two batsmen bat together.
  • The pitch.
  • The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand.
  • Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven.
  • A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.
  • A shelter made from tree boughs, used by lumbermen.
  • The space between the pillars, in post-and-stall working.
  • An angle bracket when used in HTML.
  • A device to measure the height of animals, usually dogs.

Origin

  • From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wiket, from Old Norse (specifically, Old East Norse) v√≠kjas, diminutive of vik. Compare modern French guichet, ultimately from the same Old Norse source.

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