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Definitions for pickle
ˈpɪk əlpick·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pickle(noun)

    vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

  2. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish(verb)

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  3. pickle(verb)

    preserve in a pickling liquid

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pickle(noun)

    see Picle

  2. Pickle(verb)

    a solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine

  3. Pickle(verb)

    vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc

  4. Pickle(verb)

    any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar

  5. Pickle(verb)

    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 color

  6. Pickle(verb)

    a troublesome child; as, a little pickle

  7. Pickle(verb)

    to preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers

  8. Pickle(verb)

    to give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters

  9. Origin: [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. Pick, v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.]


  1. Pickle

    In the computer programming language Python, pickle is the standard mechanism for object serialization; pickling is the common term among Python programmers for serialization. Pickle uses a simple stack-based virtual machine that records the instructions used to reconstruct the object. This makes pickle vulnerable to security risks by malformed or maliciously constructed data, that may cause the deserializer to import arbitrary modules and instantiate any object. Not all object types can be pickled automatically, especially ones that hold operating system resources like file handles, but users can register custom "reduction" and construction functions to support the pickling and unpickling of arbitrary types. Pickle was originally implemented as the pure Python pickle module, but, in versions of Python prior to 3.0, the cPickle module offers improved performance. In Python 3, users should always import the standard version, which attempts to import the accelerated version and falls back to the pure Python version.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pickle

    pik′l, n. a liquid of salt and water in which flesh and vegetables are preserved: vinegar, &c., in which articles of food are preserved: anything pickled: a disagreeable position: (coll.) a troublesome child.—v.t. to season or preserve with salt, vinegar, &c.—ns. Pick′le-herr′ing, a pickled herring: (obs.) a merry-andrew; Pick′le-worm, the larva of a pyralid moth.—Have a rod in pickle, to have a punishment ready. [M. E. pikil, prob. pick-le; Dut. pekel; Ger. pökel.]

  2. Pickle

    pik′l, n. (Scot.) a small quantity.—v.t. and v.i. to eat sparingly: to pilfer.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Pickle

    An acid solution for cleaning metal surfaces before electro-plating, galvanizing or other deposition of metal upon them.

Editors Contribution

  1. pickle

    A type of solution used to preserve food.

    Salt and water is sometimes used to preserve food.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on September 18, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pickle in a Sentence

  1. Alice Roosevelt Longfellow, about Calvin Coolidge:

    He appears to have been weened on a pickle.

  2. Christopher Curran:

    We're in this pickle through no fault of our own.

  3. Ambrose Bierce:

    Life. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.

  4. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    I ate corned beef at Katz's, New York's greatest, greasiest, pickle-lined melting pot.

  5. Chairwoman Felicia Marcus told reporters:

    We're in a tough pickle on this, we have to prepare for drought and flooding at the same time.

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  • conserva, envinagratCatalan, Valencian
  • nebezpečí, kyselá okurka, ohrožení, okurka nakládačkaCzech
  • eingelegte Gurke, Neckball, saure Gurke, Essiggurke, Gewürzgurke, eingelegtes Gemüse, pökeln, einlegenGerman
  • διαβολάκι, ζιζάνιο, γάρος, άλμη, τουρσίGreek
  • pekliEsperanto
  • vinagreta, pepinillo, picles, escabeche, escabechar, encurtir, conservar en vinagreSpanish
  • ترشی, خیارشورPersian
  • kurkku, etikkaliemi, suolaliemi, suolakurkku, liemi, pikkelsi, maustekurkku, säilöä, suolataFinnish
  • cornichon, pickles, salerFrench
  • saillScottish Gaelic
  • מלפפון חמוץHebrew
  • अचारHindi
  • թթվաջուր, անախորժ դրություն, թթու վարունգ, թթու, թթու դրած բանջարեղեն, թթու դնելArmenian
  • sottaceti, birichino, salamoia, pisello, cetriolino, diavoletto, pasticcio, cetriolo, situazione difficileItalian
  • 酢漬け, 塩水, 漬物, ピクルス, 漬け物, 漬けるJapanese
  • მწნილიGeorgian
  • skābētLatvian
  • pīkaraMāori
  • туршија, кисела краставичка, корнишон, расол, закиселуваMacedonian
  • даршилсан ногооMongolian
  • puree, zoetje, augurk, pickles, pekel, worst, inmakenDutch
  • sylteagurkNorwegian
  • ogórek kiszony, marynataPolish
  • picles, conservado, salmoura, conservar, salmourarPortuguese
  • muraRomanian
  • рассол, солёный огурец, кислый огурец, квашеный огурец, соленье, солить, квасить, засолить, мариновать, засаливатьRussian
  • кисели краставац, kiseli krastavac, rasol, туршија, turšijaSerbo-Croatian
  • inläggning, inlagd, lag, saltgurka, ättiksgurka, lägga inSwedish
  • ஊறுகாய்Tamil
  • turşu, kornişon, salatalık turşusuTurkish
  • квашений огірок, рупа, квас, кваситиUkrainian
  • đồ chuaVietnamese

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