What does pickup mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pickup, pickup trucknoun

    a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard

  2. pickupnoun

    a warrant to take someone into custody

    "put out a pickup on that man"

  3. pickup, pick-me-upnoun

    anything with restorative powers

    "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her"

  4. pickupnoun

    a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships

  5. pickup, getawaynoun

    the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration

    "his car has a lot of pickup"

  6. tone arm, pickup, pickup armnoun

    mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge

  7. cartridge, pickupnoun

    an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable

  8. pickupnoun

    the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places

    "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"

  9. pickupnoun

    the act of taking aboard passengers or freight


  1. pickupnoun

    An electronic device for detecting sound, vibration, etc., such as one fitted to an electric guitar or record player.

  2. pickupnoun

    A pickup truck.

  3. pickupnoun

    Impromptu or ad hoc, especially of sports games.

    At lunch we had a game of pickup hockey.

  4. pickupnoun

    An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.

    Hey, thanks for the drink, but if this is a pickup, I'm not interested.

  5. pickupnoun

    An item that can be picked up by the player, conferring some benefit or effect; a power-up.

  6. pickupnoun

    (US, Canada) The act of a challenging party or candidate winning an electoral district held by an incumbent party or candidate. See also gain

    The returns from the election show Apple Party candidate Jane Doe has made a pickup in the district of City West defeating Orange Party Incumbent Joe Smith


  1. pickup

    A pickup is generally a small or medium-sized truck that has an open rear cargo area, also known as a bed, which is traditionally used for carrying goods or equipment. It can also refer to the act or process of collecting or fetching something or someone. In terms of music, a pickup is a device that captures the vibration produced by a musical instrument to convert it into electrical signals.


  1. Pickup

    A pickup device is a transducer that captures mechanical vibrations, usually from suitably equipped stringed instruments such as the electric guitar, electric bass guitar, Chapman Stick, or electric violin, and converts them to an electrical signal that is amplified, recorded, or broadcast.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pickup is ranked #30889 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pickup surname appeared 753 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pickup.

    81.8% or 616 total occurrences were White.
    12.7% or 96 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.1% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickup in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pickup in a Sentence

  1. Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention, July 16, 1992:

    [George Bush] has raised taxes on the people driving pickup trucks and lowered taxes on the people riding in limousines. We can do better.

  2. Hubert Joly:

    Stores that boost inventory to meet just the in-store pickup demand face a risk of being stuck with excess.

  3. Former US Rep. Joe Walsh:

    Whether he had a gun, a hammer, a bomb, whether he drove a pickup truck through the window of a classroom... He's responsible for that act, not the gun, not the hammer and not the pickup truck.

  4. Mahlem Mashuq:

    Based on our findings, 11 insurgents, four of them Pakistani Taliban, were traveling in a pickup truck that was hit by a drone strike, killing all of them.

  5. Former US Rep. Joe Walsh:

    Our founding fathers understood this clearly and that's why they wrote the Second Amendment the way they did -- that that right will not be infringed. whether he had a gun, a hammer, a bomb, whether he drove a pickup truck through the window of a classroom... He's responsible for that act, not the gun, not the hammer and not the pickup truck.

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