What does picking mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word picking.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. picking, picknoun

    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"

  2. pickingnoun

    the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)


  1. pickingnoun

    A gathering to pick fruit.

    We went to a strawberry picking last June.

  2. pickingnoun

    Items remaining after others have selected the best; scraps, as of food.

  3. pickingnoun

    Income or other gains, especially if obtained in a unscrupulous or objectionable manner.


  1. picking

    Picking refers to the act of selecting or choosing items from a group or a variety of options. This can apply to various contexts, such as picking fruit from a tree, picking a person for a team, or picking a specific item from a collection of clothes, among other possibilities. The process usually involves making a decision based on preference, suitability, or requirement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picking

    of Pick

  2. Pickingnoun

    the act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick

  3. Pickingnoun

    the act of choosing, plucking, or gathering

  4. Pickingnoun

    that which is, or may be, picked or gleaned

  5. Pickingnoun

    pilfering; also, that which is pilfered

  6. Pickingnoun

    the pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks

  7. Pickingnoun

    rough sorting of ore

  8. Pickingnoun

    overburned bricks

  9. Pickingadjective

    done or made as with a pointed tool; as, a picking sound

  10. Pickingadjective

    nice; careful

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Picking is ranked #47521 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Picking surname appeared 446 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Picking.

    88.7% or 396 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.4% or 20 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'picking' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1936

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of picking in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of picking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of picking in a Sentence

  1. Sheldon Whitehouse:

    There is a long, unpleasant American tradition of agencies being taken over by virtue of picking the members. It's called agency capture or regulatory capture. my concern is that the picking of the justices has been handed to special interests.

  2. Muslims Barnette:

    I believe the Republican Party has the best story. ... We keep picking people who suck at telling our story. We do, we keep picking the same old, same old people, thinking we are going to get a different result.

  3. Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures:

    Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street- cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.

  4. Julie Montagu:

    We know that she hasn't been able to make all of the engagements that I think everybody expected her to make for the platinum jubilee, she's kind of picking and choosing. I do think she's kind of picking the ones that she also really wants to go to.

  5. Alvin Toffler:

    Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.

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