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Definition of pick:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
  4. A sharp- pointed tool for picking; - often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
  5. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick.
  6. That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  7. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
  11. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
  12. To open ( a lock) as by a wire.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
  17. To steal; to pilfer.
  18. 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.
  19. To throw; to pitch.
  20. To trim.

Synonyms:

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