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Definitions of pick

  1. harass with constant criticism; " Don't always pick on your little brother"
  2. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; " Pick open the ice"
  3. the act of choosing or selecting; " your choice of colors was unfortunate"; " you can take your pick"
  4. the person or thing chosen or selected; " he was my pick for mayor"
  5. the best people or things in a group; " the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
  6. look for and gather; " pick mushrooms"; " pick flowers"
  7. the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
  8. pilfer or rob; " pick pockets"
  9. a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; " he was called for setting an illegal pick"
  10. a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; " they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"
  11. a thin sharp implement used for picking; " he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
  12. a small thin device ( of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
  13. the quantity of a crop that is harvested; " he sent the first picking of berries to the market"; " it was the biggest peach pick in years"
  14. remove in small bits; " pick meat from a bone"
  15. select carefully from a group; " She finally picked her successor"; " He picked his way carefully"
  16. eat intermittently; take small bites of; " He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; " She never eats a full meal-- she just nibbles"
  17. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; " he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
  18. provoke; " pick a fight or a quarrel"
  19. pay for something; " pick up the tab"; " pick up the burden of high- interest mortgages"; " foot the bill"
  20. completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  21. To throw; to pitch.
  22. To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
  23. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
  24. To open ( a lock) as by a wire.
  25. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc.
  26. To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.
  27. To trim.
  28. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
  29. To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
  30. To steal; to pilfer.
  31. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
  32. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.
  33. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
  34. A particle of ink or paper imbedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and occasioning a spot on a printed sheet.
  35. That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  36. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; - often with out.
  37. To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; - often with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up information.
  38. A sharp- pointed tool for picking; - often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
  39. A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, - used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
  40. The blow which drives the shuttle, - the rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many picks per minute; hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread; as, so many picks to an inch.
  41. A heavy pointed iron tool with a wooden handle; a pickax; a wire or other sharp- pointed instrument; a blow with a pointed instrument; act of choosing; choice or selection; as, take your pick; the best of anything; as, the pick of the lot.
  42. To strike with a sharp instrument, or with the beak; pierce or peck; as, to pick a hole; open by an instrument; as, to pick a lock; lift: used with up; as, to pick up something fallen; pluck or gather; as, to pick berries; separate with the fingers; as, to pick rags; bring about intentionally; as, to pick a quarrel; choose or select; as, pick the best one; clean or clear of something, as, to pick a chicken; rob; as, to pick a pocket; pull or twitch the strings of; as, to pick a banjo.
  43. To eat daintily; pilfer; to choose carefully.
  44. To prick with a sharp pointed instrument: to peck, as a bird: to pierce: to open with a pointed instrument, as a lock: to pluck or gather, as flowers, etc.: to separate from: to clean with the teeth: to gather: to choose: to select: to call: to seek, as a quarrel: to steal.
  45. To do anything nicely: to eat by morsels.
  46. Any sharp- pointed instrument: choice.
  47. PICKER.
  48. A pointed tool; choice.
  49. To peck; open with a pointed tool; pluck; select.
  50. To strike with or as with a pick or point.
  51. To pluck; select; cull.
  52. A tool with a pointed head.
  53. Right of selection; choice.
  54. A quantity picked by hand.
  55. A sharp- pointed tool for digging; choice; right of selection; foul matter which collects on printing types. To pick up, to take up; to gather. To pick a hole in one's coat, to find fault.
  56. To pluck with the fingers something that grows or adheres to another thing; to pull off or clean with the teeth, fingers, & c; to separate so as to loosen; to steal by taking out with the fingers; to choose or select; to strike with the bill, as a bird; to puncture; to open by a pointed instrument, as a lock.
  57. To eat slowly; to nibble.
  58. An iron tool pointed, used in digging; choice; selection; foul matter on type.
  59. To pluck, as fruit; to separate with the fingers; to pull off or clean; to select or choose; to take up; togather; to eat by morsels, as to pick a bone; to pierce; to strike with anything pointed; to open with an instr., as a lock; to strike with the bill; to rob; to do anything nicely or leisurely.
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Usage examples for pick

  1. She has come to pick up your papers, maybe? – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. Just where did you pick up the ring?" – Danger at the Drawbridge by Mildred A. Wirt
  3. " Pick them all up- every one of them," his mother ordered. – The Tale of Cuffy Bear by Arthur Scott Bailey
  4. Do I have to pick either one? – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  5. But Ray knew better than to pick them out, while her mother and Dot were by. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  6. They can pick us off almost at will if we stay here! – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  7. Life would pick her up again. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  8. Is it yours to pick a quarrel with me? – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  9. Would you pick him for a good hand on a long trail? – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  10. Any attempt of mine to pick her up and carry her would only have led to delay. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  11. Even Mary's proud indifference was stirred by this catastrophe, and she was down on her knees in an instant, trying to pick up the pieces. – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  12. I am sure that Monsieur Wachner could pick them all up for me to- morrow morning. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. " They can't get at it to pick at it, and it's wuth any man's life to try. – Winter Fun by William O. Stoddard
  14. Was it you who saw me pick up that case- by accident?" – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  15. If you let me pick and choose, half an hour will tell me all I want. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  16. To pick it up and open it was the work of a moment. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. I ain't afraid but she'll take her pick when the time comes. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  18. You go to the desk and pick up the envelope that lies upon it. – Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown
  19. Anyhow, a girl like that, she'd naturally pick a man like Big Jack or Shand. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  20. She ought to pick some nice guy and get on with it. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
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