pick

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pick

1
vn
look for and gather
the person or thing chosen or selected
2
vn
remove in small bits
a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
3
nv
a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
4
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a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
5
v
provoke
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v
harass with constant criticism
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v
pilfer or rob
8
v
pay for something
9
n
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
10
n
a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pick
1

v look for and gather

pick mushrooms”
pick flowers”
Synonyms:
cull, pluck
Types:
mushroom
pick or gather mushrooms
berry
pick or gather berries
blackberry
pick or gather blackberries
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v select carefully from a group

“She finally picked her successor”
“He picked his way carefully”
Types:
hand-pick
pick personally and very carefully
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

n the person or thing chosen or selected

“he was my pick for mayor”
Synonyms:
choice, selection
Types:
pleasure
a formal expression
favorite, favourite
something regarded with special favor or liking
way
doing as one pleases or chooses
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n the best people or things in a group

Synonyms:
cream
Type of:
elite, elite group
a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

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”
Synonyms:
picking
Type of:
output, production, yield
the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)

n the act of choosing or selecting

“you can take your pick
Synonyms:
choice, option, selection
Types:
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casting
the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
coloration, colouration
choice and use of colors (as by an artist)
sampling
(statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something
volition, willing
the act of making a choice
election
the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
ballot, balloting, vote, voting
a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
random sampling
the selection of a random sample; each element of the population has an equal chance of been selected
proportional sampling, representative sampling, stratified sampling
the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
intention
an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
call
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
move
the act of deciding to do something
casting lots, drawing lots, sortition
making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
resolution
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
co-optation, co-option
the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
block vote
a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
cumulative vote
an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
secret ballot
a vote in which each person's choice is secret but the totaled votes are public
split ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for candidates from more than one party
straight ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for all the candidates of one party
multiple voting
the act of voting in more than one place by the same person at the same election (illegal in U.S.)
casting vote
the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
veto
a vote that blocks a decision
write-in
a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot
Type of:
action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)
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v remove in small bits

pick meat from a bone”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v eat intermittently; take small bites of

Synonyms:
nibble, piece
Type of:
eat
take in solid food

v remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

Synonyms:
clean
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

n a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material

“he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks”
Types:
ice pick, icepick
pick consisting of a steel rod with a sharp point; used for breaking up blocks of ice
toothpick
pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
Type of:
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands
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n a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

Synonyms:
plectron, plectrum
Types:
guitar pick
a plectrum used to pluck a guitar
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

v pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

Synonyms:
pluck, plunk
Types:
twang
pluck (strings of an instrument)
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v hit lightly with a picking motion

Synonyms:
beak, peck
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
4

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”
Synonyms:
pickax, pickaxe
Types:
mattock
a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle
Type of:
edge tool
any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)

v attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

Pick open the ice”
Synonyms:
break up
Type of:
pierce
cut or make a way through
5

v provoke

pick a fight or a quarrel”
Type of:
call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
evoke or provoke to appear or occur
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v harass with constant criticism

“Don't always pick on your little brother”
Synonyms:
blame, find fault
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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v pilfer or rob

pick pockets”
Type of:
rob
take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
8

v pay for something

pick up the tab”
pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages”
Synonyms:
foot
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
9

n the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

Synonyms:
filling, weft, woof
Type of:
thread, yarn
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
10

n a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body

“he was called for setting an illegal pick
Type of:
basketball play
a play executed by a basketball team
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