Crossword clues for pick
- The best people or things in a group
- The act of choosing or selecting
- Obstructing an opponent with one's body
- A basketball maneuver
- A heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
- A small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
- The quantity of a crop that is harvested
- The person or thing chosen or selected
- The yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
- Shovel's partner
- Device for ice or nuts
- Use a plectrum
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pick \Pick\ (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked (p[i^]kt); 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.]
To throw; to pitch. [Obs.]
As high as I could pick my lance.
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.
To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
To open (a lock) as by a wire.
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.
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?
He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
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.''
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.
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 Utopia). To pick off.
To pluck; to remove by picking.
To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters pick off the enemy. To pick out.
To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark stuff with lines or spots of bright colors.
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.
To take up, as with the fingers.
To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there; as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.
Pick \Pick\, v. i.
To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
Why stand'st thou picking? Is thy palate sore?
To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
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 \Pick\, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.]
A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
(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.
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.
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.
Hence: That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
(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.
(Painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
(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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, "pointed tool for breaking up rock or ground," variant of pike (n.4). Meaning "sharp tool" is from mid-14c.
mid-15c., "a blow with a pointed instrument," from pick (v.). Meaning "plectrum for a guitar, lute, etc." is from 1895; as a type of basketball block, from 1951; meaning "choicest part or example" is first recorded 1760.
early 13c., picken "to peck;" c.1300, piken "to work with a pick," probably representing a fusion of Old English *pician "to prick," (implied by picung "a piercing, pricking," an 8c. gloss on Latin stigmata) with Old Norse pikka "to prick, peck," both from a Germanic root (source also of Middle Dutch picken, German picken "to pick, peck"), perhaps imitative. Influence from Middle French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)) also is possible, but that French word generally is not considered a source of the English word. Related: Picked; picking.\n
\nMeaning "to eat with small bites" is from 1580s. The meaning "to choose, select, pick out" emerged late 14c., from earlier meaning "to pluck with the fingers" (early 14c.). Sense of "to rob, plunder" (c.1300) weakened to a milder sense of "steal petty things" by late 14c. Of forcing locks with a pointed tool, by 1540s. Meaning "to pluck (a banjo)" is recorded from 1860. To pick a quarrel, etc. is from mid-15c.; to pick at "find fault with" is from 1670s. Pick on "single out for adverse attention" is from late 14c.; pick off "shoot one by one" is recorded from 1810; baseball sense of "to put out a runner on base" is from 1939. Also see pick up. To pick and choose "select carefully" is from 1660s (choose and pick is attested from c.1400).
n. 1 A tool used for digging; a pickaxe. 2 A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock. 3 A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair. 4 A choice; ability to choose. 5 That which would be picked or chosen first; the best. 6 (context basketball English) A screen. 7 (context lacrosse English) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate. 8 (context American football English) An interception. 9 (context baseball English) A good defensive play by an infielder. 10 (context baseball English) A pickoff. 11 (context music English) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum. 12 A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones. 13 (context obsolete English) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler. 14 (context printing dated English) A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet. 15 (context art painting English) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture. 16 (context weaving English) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread. vb. 1 To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails. 2 To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by remove it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground. 3 To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck. 4 To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together. 5 To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth. 6 To decide upon, from a set of options; to select. 7 (context cricket English) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released. 8 (context music English) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument. 9 To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc. 10 To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble. 11 To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care. 12 To steal; to pilfer. 13 (context obsolete English) To throw; to pitch. 14 (context dated English) 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. 15 To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.
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]
the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War" [syn: cream]
a thin sharp implement used for picking; "he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
v. select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
provoke; "pick a fight or a quarrel"
remove in small bits; "pick meat from a bone"
remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey" [syn: clean]
pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"
pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill" [syn: foot]
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice" [syn: break up]
Pick may refer to:
Pick is a British television channel, available via Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
The ancient EgyptianPick hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed nos. U17, U18 is a portrayal of a 'pick upon the side view of a block'; it is in the Gardiner subset for agriculture, crafts, and professions.
Usage examples of "pick".
Oswald Brunies, the strutting, candy-sucking teacher -- a monument will be erected to him -- to him with magnifying glass on elastic, with sticky bag in sticky coat pocket, to him who collected big stones and little stones, rare pebbles, preferably mica gneiss -- muscovy biotite -- quartz, feldspar, and hornblende, who picked up pebbles, examined them, rejected or kept them, to him the Big Playground of the Conradinum was not an abrasive stumbling block but a lasting invitation to scratch about with the tip of his shoe after nine rooster steps.
He picked up a knife from the table and twirled it absently in his fingers.
Late-night cafes inNew Yorkwere apparently so familiar with this procedure that waiters and other diners would smile indulgently at Benzedrine abusers when they picked up the smell of menthol across the room.
Which she could do: better to convoy with riders you knew than ones the truckers picked, and Aby was an experienced senior guide whose recommendation counted.
It carried the boy to a smaller form that Acies could easily pick out with his keen eyes.
The only hitch was, that this cabby might have been ordered to pick up as a passenger a man who came from the Acme Florists, wearing a red primrose.
Harry smile - this cabby would make a report by telephone to some mysterious personage who had hired him to pick up a passenger outside the Acme Florists.
Her reaction had been stupid, she admitted as Acorn picked his way across a stream.
An innocent-looking piece of firewood set off a bundle of aerolite cartridges if anyone picked it up to put it in the stove.
Slowly Brandt climbed to the top of the sail from the aft bulkhead of the cockpit, keeping low to the top of the structure where he could see clearly yet not be picked off from the deck.
Most of the blood still had not returned to his brain, he had been enjoying the afterglow of one of the most erotic, sensual interludes in his life, and this impossible woman had to pick a fight with him, ruining the moment.
Perrin recognized ageless Aes Sedai faces even before he picked out Verin and Alanna, both riding to the rear of the women.
Nick picked up the agenda for 1979 and skimmed through the pages, finding the first referral to Goldluxe on March 13, 1979.
In the same way, you exist in Akasha before your body and mind pick up the signal and express it in the three-dimensional world.
Dubious but not wanting to appear ungrateful, Alec picked up a blanket and went to the pool.