Pick - (v.) To throw; to pitch.
Pick - (v.) 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.
Pick - (v.) To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
Pick - (v.) To open (a lock) as by a wire.
Pick - (v.) 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.
Pick - (v.) 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.
Pick - (v.) 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.
Pick - (v.) 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.
Pick - (v.) To trim.
Pick - (v. i.) To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
Pick - (v. i.) To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
Pick - (v. i.) To steal; to pilfer.
Pick - (n.) A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
Pick - (n.) 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.
Pick - (n.) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
Pick - (n.) Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.
Pick - (n.) That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
Pick - (n.) 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.
Pick - (n.) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
Pick - (n.) 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.
Earpick - (n.) An instrument for removing wax from the ear.
Mispickel - (n.) Arsenical iron pyrites; arsenopyrite.
Picked - (imp. & p. p.) of Pick
Picking - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Pick
Pickaback - (adv.) On the back or shoulders; as, to ride pickback.
Pickaninnies - (pl. ) of Pickaninny
Pickaninny - (n.) A small child; especially, a negro or mulatto infant.
Pickapack - (adv.) Pickaback.
Pickax - (n.) Alt. of Pickaxe
Pickaxe - (n.) A pick with a point at one end, a transverse edge or blade at the other, and a handle inserted at the middle; a hammer with a flattened end for driving wedges and a pointed end for piercing as it strikes.
Pickback - (adv.) On the back.
Picked - (a.) Pointed; sharp.
Picked - (a.) Having a pike or spine on the back; -- said of certain fishes.
Picked - (a.) Carefully selected; chosen; as, picked men.
Picked - (a.) Fine; spruce; smart; precise; dianty.
Pickedness - (n.) The state of being sharpened; pointedness.
Pickedness - (n.) Fineness; spruceness; smartness.
Pickeered - (imp. & p. p.) of Pickeer
Pickeering - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Pickeer
Pickeer - (v. i.) To make a raid for booty; to maraud; also, to skirmish in advance of an army. See Picaroon.
Pickeerer - (n.) One who pickeers.
Picker - (n.) One who, or that which, picks, in any sense, -- as, one who uses a pick; one who gathers; a thief; a pick; a pickax; as, a cotton picker.
Picker - (n.) A machine for picking fibrous materials to pieces so as to loosen and separate the fiber.
Picker - (n.) The piece in a loom which strikes the end of the shuttle, and impels it through the warp.
Picker - (n.) A priming wire for cleaning the vent.
Pickerel - (n.) A young or small pike.
Pickerel - (n.) Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, esp. the smaller species.
Pickerel - (n.) The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
Pickering - (n.) The sauger of the St.Lawrence River.
Pickery - (n.) Petty theft.
Picket - (n.) A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.
Picket - (n.) A pointed pale, used in marking fences.
Picket - (n.) A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket.
Picket - (n.) By extension, men appointed by a trades union, or other labor organization, to intercept outsiders, and prevent them from working for employers with whom the organization is at variance.
Picket - (n.) A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
Picket - (n.) A game at cards. See Piquet.
Picketed - (imp. & p. p.) of Picket
Picketing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Picket
Picket - (v. t.) To fortify with pointed stakes.
Picket - (v. t.) To inclose or fence with pickets or pales.
Picket - (v. t.) To tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse.
Picket - (v. t.) To guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket.
Picket - (v. t.) To torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake.
Picketee - (n.) See Picotee.
Pick-fault - (n.) One who seeks out faults.
Picking - (n.) The act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick.
Picking - (n.) The act of choosing, plucking, or gathering.
Picking - (n.) That which is, or may be, picked or gleaned.
Picking - (n.) Pilfering; also, that which is pilfered.
Picking - (n.) The pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks.
Picking - (n.) Rough sorting of ore.
Picking - (n.) Overburned bricks.
Picking - (a.) Done or made as with a pointed tool; as, a picking sound.
Picking - (a.) Nice; careful.
Pickle - (n.) See Picle.
Pickle - (v. t.) A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.
Pickle - (v. t.) Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc.
Pickle - (v. t.) Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar.
Pickle - (v. t.) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their color.
Pickle - (v. t.) A troublesome child; as, a little pickle.
Pickled - (imp. & p. p.) of Pickle
Pickling - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Pickle
Pickle - (v. t.) To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers.
Pickle - (v. t.) To give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters.
Pickled - (a.) Preserved in a pickle.
Pickle-herring - (n.) A herring preserved in brine; a pickled herring.
Pickle-herring - (n.) A merry-andrew; a buffoon.
Pickler - (n.) One who makes pickles.
Picklock - (n.) An instrument for picking locks.
Picklock - (n.) One who picks locks; a thief.
Pickmire - (n.) The pewit, or black-headed gull.
Picknick - (n.) See Picnic.
Pickpack - (adv.) Pickaback.
Pickpennies - (pl. ) of Pickpenny
Pickpenny - (n.) A miser; also, a sharper.
Pickpocket - (n.) One who steals purses or other articles from pockets.
Pickpurse - (n.) One who steals purses, or money from purses.
Picksy - (n.) See Pixy.
Pickthank - (n.) One who strives to put another under obligation; an officious person; hence, a flatterer. Used also adjectively.
Picktooth - (n.) A toothpick.
Pick - —v. 1 (also absol.) Choose carefully. 2 detach or pluck (a flower, fruit, etc.) From a stem, tree, etc. 3 a probe with the finger, an instrument, etc. To remove unwanted matter. B clear (a bone, carcass, etc.) Of scraps of meat etc. 4 (also absol.) (of a person) eat (food, a meal, etc.) In small bits. —n. 1 act of picking. 2 a selection, choice. B right to select (had first pick of the prizes). 3 (usu. Foll. By of) best (the pick of the bunch). pick and choose select fastidiously. Pick at 1 eat (food) without interest. 2 find fault with. Pick a person's brains extract ideas, information, etc., from a person for one's own use. Pick holes in find fault with (an idea etc.). Pick a lock open a lock with an instrument other than the proper key, esp. With criminal intent. Pick off 1 pluck (leaves etc.) Off. 2 shoot (people etc.) One by one without haste. Pick on 1 find fault with; nag at. 2 select. Pick out 1 take from a larger number. 2 distinguish from surrounding objects; identify. 3 play (a tune) by ear on the piano etc. 4 (often foll. By in, with) accentuate (decoration, a painting, etc.) With a contrasting colour. Pick over select the best from. Pick a person's pockets steal from a person's pockets. Pick a quarrel start an argument deliberately. Pick to pieces = take to pieces (see *piece). Pick up 1 grasp and raise. 2 a acquire by chance or without effort. B learn effortlessly. 3 stop for and take along with one. 4 become acquainted with (a person) casually, esp for sexual purposes. 5 (of one's health, the weather, share prices, etc.) Recover, improve, etc. 6 (of an engine etc.) Recover speed. 7 (of the police etc.) Arrest. 8 detect by scrutiny or with a telescope, radio, etc. 9 accept the responsibility of paying (a bill etc.). 10 resume, take up anew (picked up where we left off). picker n. [from *pike]
Pick - n. 1 long-handled tool with a usu. Curved iron bar pointed at one or both ends, used for breaking up hard ground etc. 2 colloq. Plectrum. 3 any instrument for picking. [from *pike]
Flying picket - n. Mobile industrial strike picket.
Hand-pick - v. Choose carefully or personally.
Ice-pick - n. Tool with a spike for splitting up ice.
Nit-picking - n. & adj. Colloq. Fault-finding in a petty manner.
Pickaback - var. Of *piggyback.
Pickaninny - n. (brit. Piccaninny) (pl. -ies) often offens. Small black or australian aboriginal child. [west indian negro from spanish pequeño or portuguese pequeno little]
Pickax - n. (brit. Pickaxe) = *pick2 1. [french: related to *pike]
Pickaxe - n. (us pickax) = *pick2 1. [french: related to *pike]
Picket - —n. 1 one or more persons stationed outside a place of work to persuade others not to enter during a strike etc. 2 pointed stake driven into the ground. 3 a small body of troops sent out to watch for the enemy. B group of sentries. —v. (-t-) 1 a station or act as a picket. B beset or guard with a picket or pickets. 2 secure (a place) with stakes. 3 tether (an animal).
Picket line - n. Boundary established by workers on strike, esp. At the entrance to the place of work, which others are asked not to cross.
Pickings - n.pl. 1 profits or gains acquired easily or dishonestly. 2 leftovers.
Pickle - —n. 1 a (often in pl.) Food, esp. Vegetables, preserved in brine, vinegar, mustard, etc. B the liquid used for this. 2 colloq. Plight (in a pickle). —v. (-ling) 1 preserve in or treat with pickle. 2 (as pickled adj.) Slang drunk. [low german or dutch pekel]
Pick-me-up - n. 1 tonic for the nerves etc. 2 a good experience that cheers.
Pickpocket - n. Person who steals from people's pockets.
Pick-up - n. 1 slang person met casually, esp. For sexual purposes. 2 small open motor truck. 3 part of a record-player carrying the stylus. 4 device on an electric guitar etc. That converts string vibrations into electrical signals. 5 act of picking up.
Picky - adj. (-ier, -iest) colloq. Excessively fastidious.
Pick-your-own - adj. (usu. Attrib.) (of fruit and vegetables) dug or picked by the customer at the farm etc.
Secondary picketing - n. Picketing of premises of a firm not directly involved in an industrial dispute.
Spick and span - adj. 1 neat and clean. 2 smart and new. [earlier span and span new, fresh and new like a shaved chip]
Toothpick - n. Small sharp stick for removing food lodged between the teeth.
Unpick - v. Undo the sewing of (stitches, a garment, etc.).
Winkle-picker - n. Slang long pointed shoe.
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