wicket


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wicket

1. a small sluicegate, esp one in a canal lock gate or by a water wheel
2. US a croquet hoop
3. 
a. Cricket either of two constructions, placed 22 yards apart, consisting of three pointed stumps stuck parallel in the ground with two wooden bails resting on top, at which the batsman stands
b. the strip of ground between these
c. a batsman's turn at batting or the period during which two batsmen bat
d. the act or instance of a batsman being got out
4. keep wicket to act as a wicketkeeper

wicket

A small door or gate, esp. one forming part of a larger one.
References in classic literature ?
Away scamper three boys to the scoring table, and are back again in a minute amongst the rest of the eleven, who are collected together in a knot between wicket.
He hesitated, took up his position at the wicket, and then came to me manfully.
The streets were full of them, and their costumes were so splendid that the rich dress of the Keeper of the Wicket was commonplace when compared with the others.
Was it thrown straight up to the wicket, Dumkins had reached it before the ball.
And Bertuccio, feeling in his pocket, signed to a keeper whom he saw through the window of the wicket.
It was not that Raffles took many wickets for few runs; he was too fine a bowler to mind being hit; and time was short, and the wicket good.
He had already withdrawn his eye from the Peri, and was looking at a humble tuft of daisies which grew by the wicket.
In two bounds he was at the Louvre; as he entered the wicket of L'Echelle, ten o'clock struck.
Jo opened her lips to say something rude, but checked herself in time, colored up to her forehead and stood a minute, hammering down a wicket with all her might, while Fred hit the stake and declared himself out with much exultation.
Then she glided swiftly to the wicket, through which she passed, locking the gate behind her as she went.
The wicket opened on a stone staircase, leading upward.
Mr Inspector had not moved, and had given no order; but, the satellite slipped his back against the wicket, and laid his left arm along the top of it, and with his right hand turned the bull's-eye he had taken from his chief--in quite a casual manner--towards the stranger.