|1.||[ verb ] select carefully from a group|
: "She finally picked her successor" "He picked his way carefully" "We had to pick through a lot of data"
|Related terms:||choose hand-pick choice chooser|
|2.||[ verb ] look for and gather|
"pick mushrooms" "pick flowers"
|Related terms:||gather berry mushroom learn pick_up catch pick_up pluck cull_out sieve_out picking|
|3.||[ verb ] harass with constant criticism|
"Don't always pick on your little brother"
|Related terms:||criticize cynic|
|4.||[ noun ] (psychology) the person or thing chosen or selected|
"he was my pick for mayor"
|Related terms:||decision_making way favorite pleasure|
|5.||[ verb ] provoke|
: "pick a fight or a quarrel"
|6.||[ verb ] remove in small bits|
: "pick meat from a bone"
|7.||[ verb ] remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits, as of chickens or fruit|
"Clean the turkey"
|8.||[ noun ] (sociology) the best people or things in a group|
"the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
|9.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||output indefinite_quantity|
|10.||[ noun ] a thin sharp implement used for picking|
"he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
|Related terms:||hand_tool toothpick icepick|
|11.||[ verb ] pay for something|
"pick up the tab" "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages" "foot the bill"
|12.||[ verb ] (food) eat intermittently; take small bites of|
|Synonyms:||munch piece nibble|
"He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
|Related terms:||gorge eat piece|
|13.||[ noun ] a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument|
|Related terms:||device guitar_pick pluck|
|14.||[ noun ] (sport,basketball) a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body|
"he was called for setting an illegal pick"
|15.||[ noun ] the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving|
|Synonyms:||weft filling woof|
|Related terms:||yarn weave fabric|
|16.||[ verb ] attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example|
"Pick open the ice"
|Related terms:||pierce chop|
|17.||[ verb ] pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion, as of guitar strings|
"he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
|Related terms:||pull twang|
|18.||[ verb ] hit lightly with a picking motion|
|Related terms:||strike beak|
|19.||[ verb ] (food) eat intermittently; take small bites of|
"He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"
|20.||[ verb ] (law,criminal law) pilfer or rob|
: "pick pockets"
|Related terms:||rob pickings|
|21.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||edge_tool mattock|
|22.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12751|
|23.||[ noun ] the act of choosing or selecting|
|Synonyms:||selection choice option|
"your choice of colors was unfortunate" "you can take your pick"
|Related terms:||action decision vote sampling volition election colouration casting|