pick: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pik), [key]
- to choose or select from among a group: to pick a contestant from the audience.
- to seek and find occasion for; provoke: to pick a fight.
- to attempt to find; seek out: to pick flaws in an argument.
- to steal the contents of: Her pocket was picked yesterday.
- to open (a lock) with a device other than the key, as a sharp instrument or wire, esp. for the purpose of burglary.
- to pierce, indent, dig into, or break up (something) with a pointed instrument: to pick rock; to pick ore.
- to form (a hole) by such action: to pick a hole in asphalt.
- to use a pointed instrument, the fingers, the teeth, the beak, etc., on (a thing), in order to remove or loosen something, as a small part or adhering matter: to pick one's teeth.
- to prepare for use by removing a covering piece by piece, as feathers, hulls, or other parts: to pick a fowl.
- to detach or remove piece by piece with the fingers: She picked the meat from the bones.
- to pluck or gather one by one: to pick flowers.
- (of birds or other animals) to take up (small bits of food) with the bill or teeth.
- to eat daintily or in small morsels.
- to separate, pull apart, or pull to pieces: to pick fibers.
- to pluck (the strings of an instrument).
- to play (a stringed instrument) by plucking with the fingers.
- to strike with or use a pick or other pointed instrument on something.
- (of birds or other animals) to take up small bits of food with the bill or teeth: The hens were busily picking about in their coop.
- to select carefully or fastidiously.
- to pilfer; steal.
- to pluck or gather fruit, flowers, etc.
- to execute a pick.
- to be very careful or particular in choosing: With such a limited supply of fresh fruit, you won't be able to pick and choose.
- to criticize severely or in great detail: They picked her apart the moment she left the room.
- As he was ill, he only picked at his food.
- to find fault with unnecessarily or persistently; nag.
- to eat sparingly or daintily:As he was ill, he only picked at his food.
- to grasp at; touch; handle:The baby loved to pick at her mother's glasses.
- to move, work, etc., at a faster rate.
- The hunter picked off a duck rising from the marsh.
- to remove by pulling or plucking off.
- to single out and shoot:The hunter picked off a duck rising from the marsh.
- Baseball.to put out (a base runner) in a pick-off play.
- The professor always picks on me to translate long passages.
- Informal.to criticize or blame; tease; harass.
- to single out; choose:The professor always picks on me to translate long passages.
- to walk with care and deliberation: She picked her way across the muddy field.
- to pick out one's successor.
- to choose; designate:to pick out one's successor.
- to distinguish from that which surrounds or accompanies; recognize:to pick out a well-known face in a crowd.
- to discern (sense or meaning); discriminate.
- to play (a melody) by ear; work out note by note.
- to extract by picking.
- to examine (an assortment of items) in order to make a selection: Eager shoppers were picking over the shirts on the bargain tables.
- to pick up a stone.
- to lift or take up:to pick up a stone.
- to collect, esp. in an orderly manner:Pick up the tools when you're finished.
- to recover (one's courage, health, etc.); regain.
- to gain by occasional opportunity; obtain casually:to pick up a livelihood.
- to learn, as by experience:I've picked up a few Japanese phrases.
- to claim:to pick up one's bags at an airport.
- to take (a person or thing) into a car or ship, etc., or along with one.
- to bring into range of reception, observation, etc.:to pick up Rome on one's radio.
- to accelerate; gain (speed).
- to put in good order; tidy:to pick up a room.
- to make progress; improve:Business is beginning to pick up.
- to catch or contract, as a disease.
- Informal.to become acquainted with informally or casually, often in hope of a sexual relationship:Let's pick up some dates tonight.
- to resume or continue after being left off:Let's pick up the discussion in our next meeting.
- Informal.to take into custody; arrest:They picked him up for vagrancy.
- Informal.to obtain; find; purchase:She picked up some nice shoes on sale.
- Slang.to steal:to pick up jewels and silver.
- to accept, as in order to pay:to pick up the check.
- to pick up on the hostess's hostility.
- become aware or cognizant of; be perceptive about; notice:to pick up on the hostess's hostility.
- to pay special attention to; keep an eye on:to pick up on a troubled student.
- the act of choosing or selecting; choice; selection: to take one's pick.
- a person or thing that is selected: He is our pick for president.
- the choicest or most desirable part, example, or examples: This horse is the pick of the stable.
- the right of selection: He gave me my pick of the litter.
- the quantity of a crop picked, as from trees, bushes, etc., at a particular time: The pick was poor this season.
- a speck of dirt, hardened ink, or extra metal on set type or a plate.
- a small area removed from the surface of a coated paper by ink that adheres to the form.
- a stroke with something pointed: The rock shattered at the first pick of the ax.
- an offensive maneuver in which a player moves into a position between a defender and a teammate with the ball so as to prevent the defender from interfering with the shot.
Pronunciation: (pik), [key]
- a heavy tool consisting of an iron or steel head, usually curved, tapering to a point at one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle, and used for loosening and breaking up soil, rock, etc.; pickax.
- a hammerlike tool for the rough dressing of stone, having two sharp, pyramidal faces.
- any pointed or other tool or instrument for picking (often used in combination): a toothpick; an ice pick.
- a large pocket comb having long, widely spaced teeth.
Pronunciation: (pik), [key]
— Textiles. Textiles.
- to cast (a shuttle).
- (in a loom) one passage of the shuttle.
- filling (def. 5).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.