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pick·le

 (pĭk′əl)
n.
1. An edible product, such as a cucumber, that has been preserved and flavored in a solution of brine or vinegar.
2. A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
3. A chemical solution, such as an acid, that is used as a bath to remove scale and oxides from the surface of metals before plating or finishing.
4. Informal A disagreeable or troublesome situation; a plight. See Synonyms at predicament.
5. Baseball A rundown.
tr.v. pick·led, pick·ling, pick·les
1. To preserve or flavor (food) in a solution of brine or vinegar.
2. To treat (metal) in a chemical bath.

[Middle English pikle, highly seasoned sauce, probably from Middle Dutch pekel, pickle, brine; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch peken, to prick, pierce, and English pick.]

pickle

(ˈpɪkəl)
n
1. (Cookery) (often plural) vegetables, such as cauliflowers, onions, etc, preserved in vinegar, brine, etc
2. (Cookery) any food preserved in this way
3. (Cookery) a liquid or marinade, such as spiced vinegar, for preserving vegetables, meat, fish, etc
4. (Cookery) chiefly US and Canadian a cucumber that has been preserved and flavoured in a pickling solution, such as brine or vinegar
5. informal an awkward or difficult situation: to be in a pickle.
6. informal Brit a mischievous child
vb (tr)
7. (Cookery) to preserve in a pickling liquid
8. (Metallurgy) to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale
[C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine]
ˈpickler n

pick•le

(ˈpɪk əl)

n., v. -led, -ling. n.
1. a cucumber that has been preserved and flavored in brine, vinegar, or the like.
2. any other vegetable, as cauliflower, preserved in vinegar and eaten as a relish.
3. any food preserved in a brine or marinade.
4. a liquid usu. prepared with salt or vinegar for preserving or flavoring 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 situation; predicament.
v.t.
7. to preserve or steep in brine or other liquid.
8. to treat with a chemical solution, as for the purpose of cleaning.
9. to antique (woodwork), as by bleaching.
[1400–50; late Middle English pikkyll, pekille < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel (> German Pökel) brine, pickle]

Pickle

 a small amount. See mickle.

pickle


Past participle: pickled
Gerund: pickling

Imperative
pickle
pickle
Present
I pickle
you pickle
he/she/it pickles
we pickle
you pickle
they pickle
Preterite
I pickled
you pickled
he/she/it pickled
we pickled
you pickled
they pickled
Present Continuous
I am pickling
you are pickling
he/she/it is pickling
we are pickling
you are pickling
they are pickling
Present Perfect
I have pickled
you have pickled
he/she/it has pickled
we have pickled
you have pickled
they have pickled
Past Continuous
I was pickling
you were pickling
he/she/it was pickling
we were pickling
you were pickling
they were pickling
Past Perfect
I had pickled
you had pickled
he/she/it had pickled
we had pickled
you had pickled
they had pickled
Future
I will pickle
you will pickle
he/she/it will pickle
we will pickle
you will pickle
they will pickle
Future Perfect
I will have pickled
you will have pickled
he/she/it will have pickled
we will have pickled
you will have pickled
they will have pickled
Future Continuous
I will be pickling
you will be pickling
he/she/it will be pickling
we will be pickling
you will be pickling
they will be pickling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pickling
you have been pickling
he/she/it has been pickling
we have been pickling
you have been pickling
they have been pickling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pickling
you will have been pickling
he/she/it will have been pickling
we will have been pickling
you will have been pickling
they will have been pickling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pickling
you had been pickling
he/she/it had been pickling
we had been pickling
you had been pickling
they had been pickling
Conditional
I would pickle
you would pickle
he/she/it would pickle
we would pickle
you would pickle
they would pickle
Past Conditional
I would have pickled
you would have pickled
he/she/it would have pickled
we would have pickled
you would have pickled
they would have pickled

pickle

To preserve meat or vegetables in a vinegar or salt solution.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pickle - vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegarpickle - vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
relish - spicy or savory condiment
gherkin - any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
caper - pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
dill pickle - pickle preserved in brine or vinegar flavored with dill seed
sweet pickle - pickle cured in brine and preserved in sugar and vinegar
2.pickle - informal terms for a difficult situationpickle - informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
dog's breakfast, dog's dinner - a poor job; a mess; "they made a real dog's breakfast of that job"
Verb1.pickle - preserve in a pickling liquid
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
preserve, keep - prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

pickle

verb
1. preserve, marinade, keep, cure, steep Herrings can be salted, smoked and pickled. Pickle your favourite vegetables while they're still fresh.
noun
1. chutney, relish, piccalilli jars of pickle
2. (Informal) predicament, spot (informal), fix (informal), difficulty, bind (informal), jam (informal), dilemma, scrape (informal), hot water (informal), uphill (S. African), quandary, tight spot Connie had got herself into a real pickle this time.

pickle

noun
Informal. A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:
Informal: bind, spot.
Translations
خُضار مَكْبوسَهوَرْطَهيَكْبِس الخُضراوات
bryndanaložená zeleninanaložittrabl
knibelægge i marinadepicklessyltesyltede grøntsager
kurkkuliemimaustekurkkupikkelsisäilöä
savanyúság
klípasúrsa, leggja í pækilsúrsaî grænmeti
marinatasmarinuotimarinuotos daržovėsraugintos daržovėssunki padėtis
ķezakonservētmarinētmarinēti dārzeņi/augļi
naložená zeleninašlamastika
turşuturşu kurmakbelâmusibet
кваскваситиквашений огірокрупа

pickle

[ˈpɪkl]
A. N
1. (= condiment) (also pickles) → encurtidos mpl; (= liquid) → escabeche m
2. (= plight) → lío m, apuro m, aprieto m
to be in a pickleestar en un apuro or aprieto
to get into a picklemeterse en un lío
B. VTencurtir, escabechar

pickle

[ˈpɪkəl]
n
(= conserve) → pickles mpl
(= trouble) to get in a pickle → se mettre dans le pétrin
So how did you get yourself in this pickle? → Alors, comment t'es-tu mis dans ce pétrin?
to find o.s. in a pickle → se retrouver dans le pétrin
to be in a pickle over sth → être dans le pétrin à cause de qch
vt [+ vegetable, fruit, fish] → faire des pickles de
Select your favourite fruit and vegetables and pickle them while they are still fresh → Faites une sélection de vos fruits et légumes préférés et faites-en des pickles pendant qu'ils sont encore frais.
cucumbers pickled in brine → des concombres en saumure

pickle

n
(= food)Pickles pl
(= solution) (= brine)Salzlake f, → Pökel m; (= vinegar)Essigsoße f; (for leather, wood) → Beize f; (Med, Sci) → Nasspräparat nt
(inf: = predicament) → Klemme f (inf); he was in a bit of a pickleer steckte in einer Klemme (inf), → er saß in der Tinte (inf); to get (oneself) into a picklein ein Kuddelmuddel geraten (inf); what a pickle!so eine verzwickte Lage!
vteinlegen; (Med, Sci) → konservieren

pickle

[ˈpɪkl]
1. n (brine) → salamoia; (vinegar) → aceto pickles npl (preserved vegetables) → sottaceti mpl
mixed pickles → giardiniera fsg
to be in a pickle (fig) (fam) → essere in un guaio or pasticcio
2. vtmettere sott'aceto
pickled onions → cipolline fpl sott'aceto

pickle

(ˈpikl) noun
1. a vegetable or vegetables preserved in vinegar, salt water etc. Do you want some pickle(s) on your hamburger?
2. trouble; an unpleasant situation. She got herself into a real pickle.
verb
to preserve in vinegar, salt water etc. I think I will pickle these cucumbers.
References in classic literature ?
Anna and Yulka showed me three small barrels; one full of dill pickles, one full of chopped pickles, and one full of pickled watermelon rinds.
A dark store-room opens out of it, and that is a place to be run past at night; for I don't know what may be among those tubs and jars and old tea-chests, when there is nobody in there with a dimly-burning light, letting a mouldy air come out of the door, in which there is the smell of soap, pickles, pepper, candles, and coffee, all at one whiff.
Pretending to read a smeary newspaper long out of date, which had nothing half so legible in its local news, as the foreign matter of coffee, pickles, fish-sauces, gravy, melted butter, and wine, with which it was sprinkled all over, as if it had taken the measles in a highly irregular form, I sat at my table while he stood before the fire.
There was a cabin in that barge about as big as the locker where your ladyship keeps your jam and pickles, and in that locker the bargee lives, quite domestic, with his wife and mother and five children.
right size for Dolls--Lucinda and Jane Doll-cook always bought their groceries at Ginger and Pickles.
Your worship is right, senor governor," said the physician; "and therefore your worship, I consider, should not eat of those stewed rabbits there, because it is a furry kind of food; if that veal were not roasted and served with pickles, you might try it; but it is out of the question.
There was a lavish ex- penditure of bread and cold meats, coffee, and pickles and cheese.
Poyser gave her approbation to the scheme of the movable kitchen cupboard, which was to be capable of containing grocery, pickles, crockery, and house-linen in the utmost compactness without confusion.
We went down to tea at the rest-house, where Stanley stuffed himself with sardines and raspberry jam, and beer, and cold mutton and pickles, when Garm wasn't climbing over him; and then Vixen and I went on.
It ain't done me a speck of good, but I guess I might as well use it up," she remarked; adding, as she pushed the empty bottle toward Mattie: "If you can get the taste out it'll do for pickles.
It was bare and cool, with a table covered with a coarse checkered cloth and adorned by a bottle of pickles and a blueberry pie under a cage.
Every part of the house was in such order, and every one was so attentive to me, that I had no trouble with my two bunches of keys, though what with trying to remember the contents of each little store-room drawer and cupboard; and what with making notes on a slate about jams, and pickles, and preserves, and bottles, and glass, and china, and a great many other things; and what with being generally a methodical, old-maidish sort of foolish little person, I was so busy that I could not believe it was breakfast- time when I heard the bell ring.