Pick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked p. pr. & vb. n. Picking.]
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 information.
9. To trim. [Obs.]
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 Utopia).
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 intentionally.
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.”
To pick up, to improve by degrees; as, he is picking up in health or business. [Colloq. U.S.]
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 for digging ino the ground 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.”
4. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick; in cat breeding, the owner of a stud gets the pick of the litter.
France and Russia have the pick of our stables. --Ld. Lytton.
5. Hence: 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.
7. Painting That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
8. Weaving 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 depressions.
Pick hammer, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.
n 1: the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for
mayor" [syn: choice, selection]
2: 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" [syn: picking]
3: the best people or things in a group; "the cream of
England's young men were killed in the Great War" [syn: cream]
4: the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving [syn: woof,
5: a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to
pluck a stringed instrument [syn: plectrum, plectron]
6: a thin sharp implement used for picking; "he used a pick to
clean dirt out of the cracks"
7: 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" [syn: pickax, pickaxe]
8: a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's
body; "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
9: the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was
unfortunate"; "you can take your pick" [syn: choice, selection,
v 1: select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her
successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
2: look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers" [syn:
3: harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your
little brother" [syn: blame, find fault]
4: provoke; "pick a fight or a quarrel"
5: remove in small bits; "pick meat from a bone"
6: remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits;
"Clean the turkey" [syn: clean]
7: pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"
8: pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of
high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill" [syn: foot]
9: pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked
the strings of his mandolin" [syn: pluck, plunk]
10: attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground,
for example; "Pick open the ice" [syn: break up]
11: hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: peck, beak]
12: eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the
sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she
just nibbles" [syn: nibble, piece]