A pick (pickaxe)
Middle English , piken , picken , from pikken Old English , *piccian (attested in *pīcian pīcung ( “ a pricking ” )), and , pīcan pȳcan ( “ to pick, prick, pluck ” ), both from Proto-West Germanic , from *pikkōn Proto-Germanic *pikkōną ( “ to pick, peck, prick, knock ” ), from Proto-Indo-European , *bew- *bu- ( “ to make a dull, hollow sound ” ). Doublet of and pitch .
Dutch pikken ( “ to pick ” ), German picken ( “ to pick, peck ” ), Old Norse , pikka (whence pjakka Icelandic pikka ( “ to pick, prick ” ), Swedish picka ( “ to pick, peck ” )).
pick ( plural )
tool used for digging; a pickaxe. A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a
lock pick, picklock. A
comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair. A
choice; ability to choose.
1858, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It?
France and Russia have the pick of our stables. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.
( music ) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
( nautical , slang ) An anchor.
2021 December 1, The Road Ahead, page 41, column 2: It's better to amble around, drop the " pick" for a lunchtime swim or beachcomb, then find a nice anchorage for the night.
( basketball ) A screen.
( lacrosse ) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
( American football ) An interception.
( baseball ) A good defensive play by an infielder.
( baseball ) A pickoff. A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
( obsolete ) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
c. 1607–1611, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “ Cupid’s Revenge”, in , London: Comedies and Tragedies [ … ] [ … ] Humphrey Robinson, [ … ] , and for Humphrey Moseley [ … ] , published 1679, , Act IV, OCLC 3083972 (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals): Take down my buckler [… ] and grind the pick on 't.
( printing , dated ) 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.
c. 1866, Thomas MacKellar, The American Printer
If it be in the smallest degree gritty, it clogs the form, and consequently produces a thick and imperfect impression; no pains should, therefore, be spared to render it perfectly smooth; it may then be made to work as clear and free from picks
( art , painting ) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
( weaving ) 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.
so many picks to an inch ( Australia ) Pasture; feed, for animals. [from 20th c.]
2002, Alex Miller, Journey to the Stone Country, Allen & Unwin 2003, p. 69:
‘She's all African grass and Brahmans. There's not a blade of native pick left, except on the ridges.’
Derived terms Edit
քլունգ (hy) ( kʿlung ), բրիչ (hy) ( bričʿ ) Aromanian:
sapã f Bulgarian:
кирка (bg) f ( kirka ), търнокоп (bg) m ( tǎrnokop ) Catalan:
pic (ca) m Cherokee:
ᎧᎾᏍᏕᏢᏗ ( kanasdetlvdi ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 鶴嘴鋤 , (zh) 鹤嘴锄 (zh) ( háozuǐchú, hèzuǐchú ) Czech:
krumpáč (cs) m Finnish:
hakku (fi) French:
pioche (fr) f German:
Hacke (de) , f Pickel (de) , m Spitzhacke (de) f Greek:
Ancient: μάκελλα f ( mákella ) Hungarian:
csákány (hu) Irish:
piocóid f Italian:
piccone (it) m Japanese:
つるはし (ja) ( tsuruhashi ) Macedonian:
копач m ( kopač ), трнокоп m ( trnokop ) Malayalam:
കോടാലി (ml) ( kōṭāli ) Maori:
hakke (no) Persian:
کلنگ (fa) ( kolang ) Polish:
kilof (pl) , m oskard (pl) , m czekan (pl) m Portuguese:
picareta (pt) f Romanian:
târnăcop (ro) n Russian:
кирка́ (ru) f ( kirká ), кайло́ (ru) n ( kajló ) Spanish:
pico (es) m Swedish:
hacka (sv) c Turkish:
kazma (tr) Ukrainian:
ка́йло (uk) ( kájlo ) Zazaki: zengen (diq) m
comb with long widely spaced teeth
lacrosse: offensive tactic
baseball: good defensive play by an infielder
pick ( third-person singular simple present , picks present participle , picking simple past and past participle )
grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
Don't pick at that scab. He his nose. picked To
harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.
It's time to pick the tomatoes. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.
She picked flowers in the meadow. to pick feathers from a fowl To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.
to pick rags To remove something from somewhere with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.
to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket
c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “ The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act I, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 Did you pick Master Slender's purse?
1782–1785, William Cowper, “ (please specify the page)”, in , London: The Task, a Poem, [ … ] [ … ] J[oseph] Johnson; [ … ] , : OCLC 228757725 He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems / With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], chapter 43, in , volume Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. [ … ] (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, [ … ] , : OCLC 558204586 He was charged with attempting to pick a pocket, and they found a silver snuff-box on him,--his own, my dear, his own, for he took snuff himself, and was very fond of it. 1953, Samuel Beckett, , Watt Olympia Press: For the pocket in which Erskine kept this key was not the kind of pocket that Watt could pick. For it was no ordinary pocket, no, but a secret one, sewn on to the front of Erskine's underhose. To
decide upon, from a set of options; to select.
I'll pick the one with the nicest name.
( transitive ) To seek (a fight or quarrel) where the opportunity arises.
( cricket ) 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.
He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.
( music ) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.
He picked a tune on his banjo. To open (a lock) with a
wire, lock pick, etc.
1953, Samuel Beckett, , Watt Olympia Press: The lock was of a kind that Watt could not pick. Watt could pick simple locks, but he could not pick obscure locks. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
1693, John Dryden, Third Satire of Persius
Why stand'st thou picking? Is thy palate sore? To do anything fastidiously or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
I gingerly picked my way between the thorny shrubs. To steal; to pilfer.
( obsolete ) To throw; to pitch.
c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act I, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 as high as I could pick my lance
( dated ) 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.
( transitive, intransitive ) To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.
to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc. 1912, Victor Whitechurch, Thrilling Stories of the Railway
Naphtha lamps shed a weird light over a busy scene, for the work was being continued night and day. A score or so of sturdy navvies were shovelling and picking along the track.
( basketball ) To screen. ( American football , informal ) To intercept a pass from the offense as a defensive player.
The pass was almost picked, but the tight end was able to hold on.
Derived terms Edit
to grasp and pull with fingers
to remove a fruit or plant for consumption
dərmək (az) Bikol Central:
pudo (bcl) Bulgarian:
бера (bg) ( bera ), късам (bg) ( kǎsam ) Catalan:
collir (ca) Chinese:
摘 ( zaak 6 ) Mandarin: 摘 (zh) ( zhāi ) Dutch:
plukken (nl) Esperanto:
poimia (fi) French:
cueillir (fr) German:
pflücken (de) Indonesian:
petik , (id) memetik (id) Irish:
raccogliere (it) Japanese:
摘む (ja) ( tsumu ) Latin:
, tāhora , whakiwhaki whawhaki Norman:
plukke (no) Old Church Slavonic:
чесати ( česati ) Polish:
zrywać (pl) , impf zbierać (pl) impf Portuguese:
colher (pt) Quechua:
собира́ть (ru) impf ( sobirátʹ ), собра́ть (ru) pf ( sobrátʹ ); рва́ть (ru) impf ( rvátʹ ), срыва́ть (ru) impf ( sryvátʹ ), сорва́ть (ru) pf ( sorvátʹ ) Spanish:
recoger (es) Swedish:
plocka (sv) Tagalog:
, manguha kunin Turkish:
dermek (tr) Welsh:
pigo , (cy) casglu (cy) Zazaki: arêden
to decide between options
cricket: to recognise the type of ball being bowled
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