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Verb: pick  pik
  1. Select carefully from a group
    "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
     
  2. Look for and gather
    "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers";
    - pluck, cull
     
  3. Harass with constant criticism
    "Don't always pick on your little brother";
    - blame, find fault
     
  4. Provoke
    "pick a fight or a quarrel"
     
  5. Remove in small bits
    "pick meat from a bone"
     
  6. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    "pick the turkey";
    - clean
     
  7. Pilfer or rob
    "pick pockets"
     
  8. Pay for something
    "pick up the tab";
    - foot
     
  9. Pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    "he picked the strings of his mandolin";
    - pluck, plunk
     
  10. Hit for example ice or rocky ground) with or as if with a pickaxe
    "Pick open the ice";
    - break up
     
  11. Hit lightly with a picking motion
    - peck, beak
     
  12. Eat intermittently; take small bites of
    "She never eats a full meal--she just picks";
    - nibble, piece
Noun: pick  pik
  1. The person or thing chosen or selected
    "he was my pick for mayor";
    - choice, selection
     
  2. The quantity of a crop that is harvested
    "it was the biggest peach pick in years";
    - picking
     
  3. The best people or things in a group
    "the pick of England's young men were killed in the Great War";
    - cream
     
  4. The yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
    - woof, weft, filling
     
  5. A small thin device (of metal, plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
    - plectrum, plectron
     
  6. A thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
    "he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks"
     
  7. 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";
    - pickax [US], pickaxe
     
  8. A basketball manoeuvre; obstructing an opponent with one's body
    "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
     
  9. The act of choosing or selecting
    "you can take your pick";
    - choice, selection, option

Sounds like: pi, pi

Derived forms: picks, picking, picked

See also: pick off, pick over, pick up

Type of: action, basketball play, call forth, choose, collect, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn [informal], deciding, decision making, device, draw, eat, edge tool, elite, √©lite [Brit], elite group, evoke, garner, gather, hand tool, kick up [informal], knock [informal], output, pay, pick apart, pick out, pierce, production, provoke, pull, pull together, remove, rob, select, strike, take, take away, thread, withdraw, yarn, yield

Part of: cloth, fabric, material, textile, weave

Encyclopedia: Pick, John