Pick

Definition of Pick

Pronunciation: pĭk
v. t.1.To throw; to pitch.
[imp. & p. p. Picked (pĭkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Picking.]
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.
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.
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.
To pick off
a - To pluck; to remove by picking
- Robynson (More's Utopia).
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.
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 pick up
to improve by degrees; as, he is picking up in health or business.
n.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.
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.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;
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.

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