Definitions of pick

  1. To eat slowly; to nibble.
  2. To strike with or as with a pick or point.
  3. To pluck; select; cull.
  4. To steal; to pilfer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To peck; open with a pointed tool; pluck; select.
  8. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
  9. To eat daintily; pilfer; to choose carefully.
  10. To do anything nicely: to eat by morsels.
  11. harass with constant criticism; " Don't always pick on your little brother"
  12. look for and gather; " pick mushrooms"; " pick flowers"
  13. pilfer or rob; " pick pockets"
  14. remove in small bits; " pick meat from a bone"
  15. To throw; to pitch.
  16. 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.
  17. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
  18. To open ( a lock) as by a wire.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To trim.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. the best people or things in a group; " the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
  27. the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
  28. a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; " he was called for setting an illegal pick"
  29. a thin sharp implement used for picking; " he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
  30. select carefully from a group; " She finally picked her successor"; " He picked his way carefully"
  31. eat intermittently; take small bites of; " He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; " She never eats a full meal-- she just nibbles"
  32. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; " he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
  33. provoke; " pick a fight or a quarrel"
  34. pay for something; " pick up the tab"; " pick up the burden of high- interest mortgages"; " foot the bill"
  35. completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  36. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.
  37. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
  38. 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.
  39. That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  40. A sharp- pointed tool for picking; - often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Any sharp- pointed instrument: choice.
  45. PICKER.
  46. A pointed tool; choice.
  47. A tool with a pointed head.
  48. Right of selection; choice.
  49. A quantity picked by hand.
  50. 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.
  51. An iron tool pointed, used in digging; choice; selection; foul matter on type.