—n. 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.
—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. Slang.to store; prepare for long-range storage: Let's pickle these old cars for a few years.
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.