- Pick is the act of choosing or what is chosen.
- An example of a pick is the process of choosing a dessert.
- An example of a pick is the selected flavor of ice cream.
- Pick is defined as to choose or open a lock without a key.
- An example of to pick is to decide on chocolate ice cream for dessert.
- An example of to pick is to open a locked door with a paper clip.
Will this child pick chocolate ice-cream?
pick definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English pykken, variant, variety of picchen, to pitch
- one passage or throw of the shuttle of a loom
- one of the weft threads, or filling yarns
- a heavy tool used as in breaking up soil or rock: the metal head is long, narrow, and slightly curved, and pointed at one or both ends, with a wooden handle fitted into its center
- any of several pointed tools or instruments for picking: usually in combination: toothpick
- a slender, plastic pin used to hold hair rollers in place
- ☆ a comb with widely spaced teeth, used for fine, curly hair
Origin: Middle English pike ; from Old English pic, pike
- to break up, pierce, or dig up (soil, rock, etc.) with something sharply pointed; use a pick on
- to make or form (a hole) with something pointed
- to dig, probe, or scratch at with the fingers or with something pointed in an attempt to remove
- to clear something from (the teeth) in this way
- to remove by pulling as with the fingers; specif., to pluck or gather (flowers, berries, etc.)
- to clear (something) in this way; specif.,
- to prepare (a fowl) by removing the feathers
- to remove the fruit from (a tree, orchard, etc.)
- to take up (food, etc.) in small pieces, as a bird with its bill; peck
- to eat sparingly or daintily
- to pull (fibers, rags, etc.) apart
- to choose; select; cull
- to look for and find excuse or occasion for (a quarrel or fight)
- to look for purposefully and find: to pick flaws
- to pluck (the strings on a guitar, banjo, etc.)
- to play (a guitar, banjo, etc.) in this way
- to open (a lock) as with a wire instead of a key, esp. in a stealthy manner
- to steal from (another's pocket, purse, etc.)
Origin: Middle English picken, akin to Middle Dutch picken, pecken, Old Norse pikka; probably influenced, influence by Old French piquer, to pierce ; from pic, pike
- to eat sparingly or fussily
- to thieve or pilfer
- to use a pick
- to gather growing berries, flowers, etc.
- to be picked: grapes pick easily
- to select or choose, esp. in a careful or fussy manner
- ☆ to play the guitar, banjo, etc.
- the act of picking; stroke or blow with something pointed
- the act or right of choosing
- the person or thing chosen; choice
- the best or most desirable one or ones
- the amount of a crop picked at one time
- ☆ Basketball screen ()
pick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb picked, pick·ing, picks verb, transitive
- a. To select from a group: The best swimmer was picked.b. To select or cull.
- a. To gather in; harvest: They were picking cotton.b. To gather the harvest from: picked the field in one day.
- a. To remove the outer covering of; pluck: pick a chicken clean of feathers.b. To tear off bit by bit: pick meat from the bones.
- To remove extraneous matter from (the teeth).
- To poke and pull at (something) with the fingers.
- To break up, separate, or detach by means of a sharp pointed instrument.
- To pierce or make (a hole) with a sharp pointed instrument.
- To take up (food) with the beak; peck: The parrot picked its seed.
- To steal the contents of: My pocket was picked.
- To open (a lock) without the use of a key.
- To provoke: pick a fight.
- Music a. To pluck (an instrument's strings).b. To play (an instrument) by plucking its strings.c. To play (a tune) in this manner: picked a melody out on the guitar.
- To decide with care or forethought.
- To work with a pick.
- To find fault or make petty criticisms; carp: He's always picking about something.
- To be harvested or gathered: The ripe apples picked easily.
- The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.
- The act of selecting or choosing; choice: got first pick of the desserts.
- Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part: the pick of the crop.
- The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.
- Basketball A screen.
Origin: Middle English piken, to prick, from Old English *pīcian, to prick, and from Old French piquer, to pierce (from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pique ).
- pickˈer noun
- A tool for breaking hard surfaces, consisting of a curved bar sharpened at both ends and fitted to a long handle.
- a. Something, such as an ice pick, toothpick, or picklock, used for picking.b. A long-toothed comb, usually designed for use on curly hair.c. A pointed projection on the front of the blade of a figure skate.
- Music A plectrum.
Origin: Middle English pik, variant of pike, sharp point; see pike 5.
- A weft thread in weaving.
- A passage or throw of the shuttle in a loom.
- To throw (a shuttle) across a loom.
- Archaic To cast; pitch.
Origin: Dialectal, from pick, to pitch, thrust, variant of pitch2.
pick - Phrases/Idioms
pick and choose
pick apartor pick to pieces
- to separate or tear into many parts
- to find flaws in by examining critically
- to eat small portions of, esp. in a dainty or fussy manner
- Informal to nag at; find fault with
- to toy or meddle with; finger
- to remove by picking or plucking
- to hit with a carefully aimed shot
- â Baseball to throw out (a base runner taking a lead) by means of a throw from the pitcher or catcher before or after a pitch
- to choose; select
- Informal to single out as for abuse or criticism; annoy; tease
pick one's way
- to choose; select
- to single out from or recognize among a group; distinguish
- to make out (meaning or sense)
- to play (a tune) note by note, as on a piano
- to grasp and raise or lift; take up
- to get, gain, find, or learn, esp. by chance or in a casual manner
- to stop for and take or bring along
- to take into custody; arrest
- to accelerate; gain (speed)
- to regain (health, power, efficiency, etc.); improve
- to resume (an activity) after a pause
- to see, hear, discern, etc.
- to receive or be in range to receive (a radio or TV transmission, esp. a distant or weak one)
- to find and travel along (a route or trail)
- to find and follow the dog picked up the scent
- â to make neat; tidy up
- to take (a bill) with the intention of paying it
- Informal to become acquainted with casually or informally, often with hope of sexual activity
pick up onâ Informal
- to become aware of, understand, appreciate, etc.
- to start to do or use
pick and choose
pick holes in
pick (one's) way
pick (someone) to pieces
pick up on
- To take into the mind and understand, typically with speed: is quick to pick up on new computer skills.
- To notice: picked up on my roommate's bad mood and left him alone.