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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pick  \Pick\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Picked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Picking}.]  [OE.  picken,  pikken  to  prick,  peck;  akin  to 
  Icel.  pikka,  Sw  picka,  Dan.  pikke,  D.  pikken  G.  picken,  F. 
  piquer,  W.  pigo.  Cf  {Peck},  v.,  {Pike},  {Pitch}  to  throw.] 
  1.  To  throw;  to  pitch.  [Obs.] 
  As  high  as  I  could  pick  my  lance.  --Shak. 
  2.  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. 
  3.  To  separate  or  open  by  means  of  a  sharp  point  or  points; 
  as  to  pick  matted  wool,  cotton,  oakum,  etc 
  4.  To  open  (a  lock)  as  by  a  wire. 
  5.  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 
  6.  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. 
  Did  you  pick  Master  Slender's  purse?  --Shak. 
  He  picks  clean  teeth,  and  busy  as  he  seems  With  an 
  old  tavern  quill,  is  hungry  yet  --Cowper. 
  7.  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  ``One  man  picked  out  of  ten  thousand.'' 
  8.  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 
  9.  To  trim.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
  {To  pick  at},  to  tease  or  vex  by  pertinacious  annoyance. 
  {To  pick  a  bone  with}.  See  under  {Bone}. 
  {To  pick  a  thank},  to  curry  favor.  [Obs.]  --Robynson  (More's 
  {To  pick  off}. 
  a  To  pluck;  to  remove  by  picking. 
  b  To  shoot  or  bring  down  one  by  one  as  sharpshooters 
  pick  off  the  enemy. 
  {To  pick  out}. 
  a  To  mark  out  to  variegate;  as  to  pick  out  any  dark 
  stuff  with  lines  or  spots  of  bright  colors. 
  b  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 
  {To  pick  up}. 
  a  To  take  up  as  with  the  fingers. 
  b  To  get  by  repeated  efforts;  to  gather  here  and  there 
  as  to  pick  up  a  livelihood;  to  pick  up  news 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Picking  \Pick"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  digging  or  breaking  up  as  with  a  pick 
  2.  The  act  of  choosing,  plucking,  or  gathering. 
  3.  That  which  is  or  may  be  picked  or  gleaned. 
  4.  Pilfering;  also  that  which  is  pilfered. 
  5.  pl  The  pulverized  shells  of  oysters  used  in  making  walks. 
  [Eng.]  --Simmonds. 
  6.  (Mining)  Rough  sorting  of  ore. 
  7.  Overburned  bricks.  --Simmonds. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Picking  \Pick"ing\,  a. 
  1.  Done  or  made  as  with  a  pointed  tool;  as  a  picking  sound. 
  2.  Nice;  careful.  [Obs.] 
  was  too  warm  on  picking  work  to  dwell.  --Dryden. 
  {Picking  peg}.  (Weaving)  See  {Picker},  n.,  3. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  act  of  someone  who  picks  up  or  takes  something  "the 
  pickings  were  easy";  "clothing  could  be  had  for  the 
  taking"  [syn:  {taking}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {pick}] 
  3:  the  act  of  picking  (crops  or  fruit  or  hops  etc.) 

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