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English Dictionary: pick by the DICT Development Group
4 results for pick
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"
    Synonym(s): choice, pick, 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"
    Synonym(s): picking, pick
  3. the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
    Synonym(s): cream, pick
  4. the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
    Synonym(s): woof, weft, filling, pick
  5. a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
    Synonym(s): pick, plectrum, plectron
  6. a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material; "he used a pick to clean the 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"
    Synonym(s): pick, 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"
    Synonym(s): choice, selection, option, pick
  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"
    Synonym(s): pick, pluck, cull
  3. harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother"
    Synonym(s): blame, find fault, pick
  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"
    Synonym(s): clean, pick
  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"
    Synonym(s): foot, pick
  9. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
    Synonym(s): pluck, plunk, pick
  10. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
    Synonym(s): pick, break up
  11. hit lightly with a picking motion
    Synonym(s): peck, pick, beak
  12. eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
    Synonym(s): nibble, pick, piece
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pick \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. [bd]One man picked out of ten
            thousand.[b8] --Shak.
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pick \Pick\, v. i.
      1. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pick \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.
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