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[n] the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
[n] a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
[n] 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"
[n] a thin sharp implement used for picking; "he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
[n] a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
[n] the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
[n] the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"
[n] the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
[n] 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"
[v] remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits, as of chickens or fruit; "Clean the turkey"
[v] remove in small bits; "pick meat from a bone"
[v] select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"; "We had to pick through a lot of data"
[v] harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother"
[v] eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"
[v] pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion, as of guitar strings; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
[v] hit lightly with a picking motion
[v] look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
[v] attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
[v] provoke; "pick a fight or a quarrel"
[v] pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"
[v] pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"

Misc. Definitions

\Pick\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [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.]
1. To throw; to pitch. [Obs.] As high as I could pick my lance. --Shak.
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. Did you pick Master Slender's purse? --Shak. He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. --Cowper.
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. ``One man picked out of ten thousand.'' --Shak.
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. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {To pick at}, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance. {To pick a bone with}. See under {Bone}. {To pick a thank}, to curry favor. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's Utopia). {To pick off}. (a) To pluck; to remove by picking. (b) To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters pick off the enemy. {To pick out}. (a) To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark stuff with lines or spots of bright colors. (b) To select from a number or quantity. {To pick to pieces}, to pull apart piece by piece; hence [Colloq.], to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail. {To pick a quarrel}, to give occasion of quarrel intentionally. {To pick up}. (a) To take up, as with the fingers. (b) To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there; as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.
\Pick\, v. i.
1. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble. Why stand'st thou picking? Is thy palate sore? --Dryden.
2. To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
3. To steal; to pilfer. ``To keep my hands from picking and stealing.'' --Book of Com. Prayer. {To pick up}, to improve by degrees; as, he is picking up in health or business. [Colloq. U.S.]
\Pick\, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See {Pick}, and cf. {Pike}.]
1. A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
2. (Mining & Mech.) 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.
3. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler. [Obs.] ``Take down my buckler . . . and grind the pick on 't.'' --Beau. & Fl.
4. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick. France and Russia have the pick of our stables. --Ld. Lytton.
5. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
6. (Print.) 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. --MacKellar.
7. (Painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
8. (Weawing) 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. {Pick dressing} (Arch.), in cut stonework, a facing made by a pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or depressions. {Pick hammer}, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.

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