pickup

2 definitions found

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

Pickup \Pick"up\, or Pick-up \Pick"-up'\, noun [Colloq., Cant, or Slang]

1. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. That which picks up; specif.: (Elec.) same as {Brush} b. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. a social companion for the evening who is met without prior arrangement, as at a singles bar; also, the act of joining with such a companion in that fashion. [PJC]

5. (Automobiles) acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate. [PJC]

6. (Electronics) a component of a phonograph which contains the stylus and also components for converting the vibrations of the stylus into electrical impulses for subsequent processing into sound; often referred to as a {cartridge}; also, the process of converting vibrations into electrical impulses. [PJC]

7. (Electronics) the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device. [PJC]

8. (Vehicles) a small truck having an enclosed driver's compartment (cab) but an open rear with usually low sides and a tailgate. Also called {pickup truck}. [PJC]

9. a hitchhiker who has been picked up. [PJC]

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

pickup

noun

1: a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard [syn: {pickup}, {pickup truck}]

2: a warrant to take someone into custody; "put out a pickup on that man"

3: anything with restorative powers; "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her" [syn: {pickup}, {pick-me-up}]

4: a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships

5: the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration; "his car has a lot of pickup" [syn: {pickup}, {getaway}]

6: mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge [syn: {tone arm}, {pickup}, {pickup arm}]

7: an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable [syn: {cartridge}, {pickup}]

8: the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places; "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"

9: the act of taking aboard passengers or freight

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