Definitions for: Pick

[n] the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
[n] a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
[n] 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"
[n] a thin sharp implement used for picking; "he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
[n] a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
[n] the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
[n] the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"
[n] the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
[n] 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"
[v] remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits, as of chickens or fruit; "Clean the turkey"
[v] remove in small bits; "pick meat from a bone"
[v] select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"; "We had to pick through a lot of data"
[v] harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother"
[v] eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"
[v] pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion, as of guitar strings; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
[v] hit lightly with a picking motion
[v] look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
[v] attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
[v] provoke; "pick a fight or a quarrel"
[v] pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"
[v] pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Picking.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to
Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F.
piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck, v., Pike, Pitch to throw.]
1. To throw; to pitch. [Obs.]

As high as I could pick my lance. --Shak.

2. 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.

3. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points;
as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.

4. To open (a lock) as by a wire.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Did you pick Master Slender's purse? --Shak.

He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems With an
old tavern quill, is hungry yet. --Cowper.

7. 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. ``One man picked out of ten thousand.''

8. 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

9. To trim. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

To pick at, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance.

To pick a bone with. See under Bone.

To pick a thank, to curry favor. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's

To pick off.
(a) To pluck; to remove by picking.
(b) To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters
pick off the enemy.

To pick out.
(a) To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark
stuff with lines or spots of bright colors.
(b) To select from a number or quantity.

To pick to pieces, to pull apart piece by piece; hence
[Colloq.], to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail.

To pick a quarrel, to give occasion of quarrel

To pick up.
(a) To take up, as with the fingers.
(b) To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there;
as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.

Pick, v. i.
1. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.

Why stand'st thou picking? Is thy palate sore? --Dryden.

2. To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to
small things; to select something with care.

3. To steal; to pilfer. ``To keep my hands from picking and
stealing.'' --Book of Com. Prayer.

To pick up, to improve by degrees; as, he is picking up in
health or business. [Colloq. U.S.]

Pick, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf.
1. A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in
composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.

2. (Mining & Mech.) 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.

3. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a
buckler. [Obs.] ``Take down my buckler . . . and grind the
pick on 't.'' --Beau. & Fl.

4. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.

France and Russia have the pick of our stables.
--Ld. Lytton.

5. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as,
the pick of the flock.

6. (Print.) 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. --MacKellar.

7. (Painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed
pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.

8. (Weawing) 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.

Pick dressing (Arch.), in cut stonework, a facing made by a
pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or

Pick hammer, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt,
used by miners.

Synonyms: beak, blame, break up, choice, choice, clean, cream, cull, filling, find fault, foot, nibble, option, peck, pickax, pickaxe, picking, piece, plectron, plectrum, pluck, plunk, selection, selection, weft, woof

See Also: action, ballot, balloting, basketball play, berry, call forth, casting, catch, choose, chop, cloth, collect, coloration, colouration, conclusion, criticise, criticize, cull out, deciding, decision, decision making, determination, device, discover, draw, eat, edge tool, election, elite, evoke, fabric, favorite, favourite, find out, force, garner, gather, get a line, get wind, get word, guitar pick, hack, hand tool, hear, ice pick, icepick, indefinite quantity, kick up, learn, material, mattock, mushroom, pay, pick apart, pick off, pick out, pick over, pick up, pierce, pleasure, provoke, pull, pull off, pull together, receive, remove, rob, sampling, see, select, sieve out, strike, take, take, take away, textile, thread, toothpick, twang, tweak, volition, vote, voting, way, weave, willing, withdraw, yarn

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