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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 ?
The umpires were stationed behind the wickets; the scorers were prepared to notch the runs; a breathless silence ensued.
The Wellesburn match was played out with great success yesterday, the School winning by three wickets; and to-day the great event of the cricketing year, the Marylebone match, is being played.
It was a sight to see the professionals bowling like demons for the hard cash, for whenever a stump was hit a pound was tossed to the bowler and another balanced in its stead, while one man took #3 with a ball that spreadeagled the wicket. Raffles's practice cost him either eight or nine sovereigns; but he had absolutely first-class bowling all the time; and he made fifty-seven runs next day.
Jo was through the last wicket and had missed the stroke, which failure ruffled her a good deal.
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.
I won the toss and after examining the wicket decided to take first knock.
Ah, my dear sir, you will see whether a Cavalcanti is to be treated like a common person!" And Andrea, gliding through the court like a black shadow, rushed out through the wicket, leaving his comrades, and even the keeper, lost in wonder.
He had already withdrawn his eye from the Peri, and was looking at a humble tuft of daisies which grew by the wicket.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.
'No matter where I'm going,' rejoined the hangman, looking in again at the iron wicket, which he had nearly shut upon himself, and held ajar.
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.