Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To throw; to pitch.
As high as I could
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.
To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points;
pickmatted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
To open (a lock) as by a wire.
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.
To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth;
pickthe teeth; to
picka bone; to
picka goose; to
pickMaster Slender’s purse?
With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
picksclean teeth, and, busy as he seems
With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull;“One man picked out of ten thousand.”
as, to; – often with out.
pickone's company; to
To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together;
as, to; – often with up;
pickup a ball or stones; to
To pick at,
to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance.–
To pick a bone with.
To pick a thank,
to curry favor.
Robynson (More's Utopia).–
To pick off.
To pluck; to remove by picking.
To shoot or bring down, one by one;–
pick offthe enemy
To pick out.
To mark out; to variegate;.
to pick outany dark stuff with lines or spots of bright colors
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.
To take up, as with the fingers.
To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there;
to pick upa livelihood;
to pick upnews
To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
Why stand'st thou
picking? Is thy palate sore?
To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
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.
A sharp-pointed tool for picking; – often used in composition;
as, a tooth
(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 for digging ino the ground by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
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.
France and Russia have the
pickof our stables.
That which would be picked or chosen first; the best;
pickof the flock
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.
That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
The blow which drives the shuttle, – the rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many
in describing the fineness of a fabric,
a weft thread;
as, so many.
picksto an inch
in cut stonework, a facing made by a pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or depressions.–
a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.
A woman stooping to take a child
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To pull off or pluck with the fingers something that grows or adheres to another thing; to separate by the hand, as fruit from trees; as, to pick apples or oranges; to pick strawberries.
2.To pull off or separate with the teeth, beak or claws; as, to pick flesh from a bone; hence,
3.To clean by the teeth, fingers or claws, or by a small instrument, by separating something that adheres; as, to pick a bone; to pick the ears.
4.To take up; to cause or seek industriously; as, to pick a quarrel.
5.To separate or pull asunder; to pull into small parcels by the fingers; to separate locks for loosening and cleaning; as, to pick wool.
6.To pierce; to strike with a pointed instrument; as, to pick an apple with a pin.
7.To strike with the bill or beak; to puncture. In this sense, we generally use peck.
8.To steal by taking out with the fingers or hands; as, to pick the pocket.
9.To open by a pointed instrument; as, to pick a lock.
10. To select; to cull; to separate particular things from others; as, to pick the best men from a company. In this sense,the word is often followed by out.
To pick off, to separate by the fingers or by a small pointed instrument.
pick out, to select; to separate individuals from numbers.
To pick up, to take up with the fingers or beak; also, to take particular things here and there; to gather; to glean.
To pick a hole in one's coat, to find fault.
1.To do any thing nicely or by attending to small things.
What the miners call chert and whern--is so hard that the picks will not touch it.
1.Choice; right of selection. You may have your pick.
2.Among printers, foul matter which collects on printing types from the balls, bad ink, or from the paper impressed.