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Definition of Pick

Pick

  1. To throw; to pitch.
  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.
  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.
  10. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
  11. To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
  12. To steal; to pilfer.
  13. A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
  14. A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, -- used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
  15. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
  16. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.
  17. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
  18. 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.
  19. That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  20. 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.
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Pick Translations

pick in Danish is stikke, plukke
pick in Dutch is knabbelen, afkluiven
pick in French is cueillir, piquer, ramasser
pick in Norwegian is hakke, pirke, velge, plukke i
pick in Portuguese is picareta
pick in Swedish is dyrka upp, plocka, peta, hacka