choice, pick, selection(noun)
the person or thing chosen or selected
"he was my pick for mayor"
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"
the best people or things in a group
"the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
woof, weft, filling, pick(noun)
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
pick, plectrum, plectron(noun)
a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
"he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks"
pick, pickax, pickaxe(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"
a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body
"he was called for setting an illegal pick"
choice, selection, option, pick(verb)
the act of choosing or selecting
"your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
select carefully from a group
"She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
pick, pluck, cull(verb)
look for and gather
"pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
blame, find fault, pick(verb)
harass with constant criticism
"Don't always pick on your little brother"
"pick a fight or a quarrel"
remove in small bits
"pick meat from a bone"
remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
"Clean the turkey"
pilfer or rob
pay for something
"pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill"
pluck, plunk, pick(verb)
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
"he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
pick, break up(verb)
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
"Pick open the ice"
peck, pick, beak(verb)
hit lightly with a picking motion
nibble, pick, piece(verb)
eat intermittently; take small bites of
"He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick; in cat breeding, the owner of a stud gets the pick of the litter.
Origin: [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.]
A 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.
An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
A good defensive play by an infielder
Short for pick-off
To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
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 decide between options.
I'll pick the one with the nicest name.
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.
To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.
He picked a tune on his banjo.
A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
Origin: From picken, pikken, from *, pycan, from pikōnan, from beu-. Cognate with pikken, picken, pikka.
to throw; to pitch
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
to separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc
to open (a lock) as by a wire
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
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
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
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
to eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble
to do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care
to steal; to pilfer
a sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock
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
a pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler
choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick
that which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock
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
that which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture
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
Origin: [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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pik, v.t. to prick with a sharp-pointed instrument: to peck, as a bird: to pierce: to open with a pointed instrument, as a lock: to pluck or gather, as flowers, &c.: to separate or pull apart: to clean with the teeth: to gather: to choose: to select: to call: to seek, as a quarrel: to steal.—v.i. to do anything carefully: to eat by morsels.—n. any sharp-pointed instrument, esp. for loosening and breaking up hard soil, &c.: a picklock: foul matter collecting on printing-types, &c.: right or opportunity of first choice.—n. Pick′-cheese, the blue titmouse: the fruit of the mallow.—adj. Picked (pikt), selected, hence the choicest or best: having spines or prickles, sharp-pointed.—ns. Pick′edness; Pick′er, one who picks or gathers up: one who removes defects from and finishes electrotype plates: a pilferer; Pick′ing, the act of picking, selecting, gathering, pilfering: that which is left to be picked: dabbing in stone-working: the final finishing of woven fabrics by removing burs, &c.: removing defects from electrotype plates; Pick′lock, an instrument for picking or opening locks; Pick′-me-up, a stimulating drink; Pick′pocket, one who picks or steals from other people's pockets; Pick′-purse, one who steals the purse or from the purse of another.—adj. Pick′some, given to picking and choosing.—n. Pick′-thank, an officious person who does what he is not desired to do in order to gain favour: a flatterer: a parasite.—v.t. to gain favour by unworthy means.—Pick a hole in one's coat, to find fault with one; Pick a quarrel, to find an occasion of quarrelling; Pick at, to find fault with; Pick fault, to seek occasions of fault-finding; Pick oakum, to make oakum by untwisting old ropes; Pick off, to aim at and kill or wound, as with a rifle; Pick one's way, to move carefully; Pick out, to make out: to mark with spots of colour, &c.; Pick to pieces, to tear asunder: to damage, as character; Pick up, to improve gradually: to gain strength bit by bit: to take into a vehicle, or into one's company: to get as if by chance.—adj. gathered together by chance. [Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2355
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #510
Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Verbs Frequency: #151
The numerical value of PICK in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of PICK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
There’s a good chance that the person the state is going to pick for you is not the same person that you would pick.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
If I were to select a jack-booted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today, I would pick BATF.
They always pick on my drinking, my business, and my boyfriends— too young, too old, i’m easy to pick on--when you’re nice it’s easy to pick on [you]!
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Translations for PICK
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- picCatalan, Valencian
- trsátko, krumpáčCzech
- чєсатиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Plektron, Pickel, Dietrich, Hacke, pflücken, PlektrumGerman
- pico, ganzúaSpanish
- tiirikka, valita, plektra, kampa, tonkia, valinta, poimia, harva, hakku, lukeaFinnish
- cueillir, écran, pioche, choix, choisir, médiator, prendreFrench
- բրիչ, քլունգArmenian
- stuzzicadenti, raccogliere, scegliere, piccone, barriera, prendere, plettro, sceltaItalian
- whawhaki, tāhora, whakiwhakiMāori
- копач, трнокопMacedonian
- kiezen, krabben, plukken, nemenDutch
- plukke, valg, hakke, velge, plekter, pilke, dirkNorwegian
- pegar, colher, escolher, picaretaPortuguese
- сорва́ть, плектр, вы́бор, собира́ть, срыва́ть, кайло́, выбра́ть, собра́ть, рва́ть, кирка́, выбира́ть, медиа́тор, отмы́чка, выбиратьRussian
- plocka, hacka, väljaSwedish
- seçmek, kazma, tezene, mızrap, pena, çalgıç, çilingirTurkish
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