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pick

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pick \Pick\ (p[i^]k), verb (used with an object) [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.]

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. "One man picked out of ten thousand." --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 information.

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 Utopia).

{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 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pick \Pick\, noun [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See {Pick}, and cf. {Pike}.]

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. [Obs.] "Take down my buckler . . . and grind the pick on 't." --Beau. & Fl.

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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

France and Russia have the pick of our stables. --Ld. Lytton.

5. Hence: 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. --MacKellar.

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; 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pick \Pick\, verb (used without an object)

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 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.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pick

noun

1: the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor" [syn: {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" [syn: {picking}, {pick}]

3: the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War" [syn: {cream}, {pick}]

4: the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving [syn: {woof}, {weft}, {filling}, {pick}]

5: a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {choice}, {selection}, {option}, {pick}]

verb

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" [syn: {pick}, {pluck}, {cull}]

3: harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother" [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {foot}, {pick}]

9: pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin" [syn: {pluck}, {plunk}, {pick}]

10: attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice" [syn: {pick}, {break up}]

11: hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: {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" [syn: {nibble}, {pick}, {piece}]

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