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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pick, pickax, pickaxenoun

    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"


  1. pickaxenoun

    A heavy iron tool with a wooden handle; one end of the head is pointed, the other has a chisel edge.

    Etymology: From picois, later alteration due to folk etymology association with pick and axe.

  2. pickaxeverb

    To use a pickaxe.

    Etymology: From picois, later alteration due to folk etymology association with pick and axe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pickaxenoun

    a pick with a point at one end, a transverse edge or blade at the other, and a handle inserted at the middle; a hammer with a flattened end for driving wedges and a pointed end for piercing as it strikes

    Etymology: [A corruption of OE. pikois, pikeis, F. picois, fr. pic. See Pick, n.]


  1. Pickaxe

    A pickaxe or pick is a hand tool with a hard head attached perpendicular to the handle. Some people make the distinction that a pickaxe has a head with a pointed end and a blunt end, and a pick has both ends pointed, or only one end; but the international Oxford Dictionary of English states that both words mean the same, i.e. a tool with a long handle at right angles to a curved iron or steel bar with a point at one end and a chisel or point at the other, used for breaking up hard ground or rock. The head is usually made of metal, and the handle is most commonly wood, metal or fiberglass. The head is a spike ending in a sharp point, may curve slightly, and often has a counter-weight to improve ease of use. The stronger the spike, the more effectively the tool can pierce the surface. Rocking the embedded spike about and removing it can then break up the surface. The counterweight, nowadays is nearly always a second spike, often with a flat end for prying. The pointed edge is most often used to break up rocky surfaces or other hard surfaces such as concrete or hardened dried earth. The large momentum of a heavy pickaxe, combined with the small contact area, makes it very effective for this purpose. The chiseled end, if present, is used for purposes including cutting through roots.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pickaxe

    pik′aks, n. a picking tool, with a point at one end of the head and a cutting blade at the other, used in digging. [M. E. pikois—O. Fr. picois, a mattock, piquer, to pierce, pic, a pick—Celt.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickaxe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickaxe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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