• John DeWitt about to pick up the ball
    John DeWitt about to pick up the ball
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pick-up (Electronics) a component of a phonograph which contains the stylus and also components for converting the vibrations of the stylus into electrical impulses for subsequent processing into sound; often referred to as a cartridge; also, the process of converting vibrations into electrical impulses.
    • Pick-up a hitchhiker who has been picked up.
    • Pick-up (Vehicles) a small truck having an enclosed driver's compartment (cab) but an open rear with usually low sides and a tailgate. Also called pickup truck.
    • Pick-up a social companion for the evening who is met without prior arrangement, as at a singles bar; also, the act of joining with such a companion in that fashion.
    • Pick-up (Automobiles) acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate.
    • Pick-up Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground.
    • Pick-up One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.
    • Pick-up (Elec) That which picks up;
    • Pick-up (Electronics) the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device.
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
Albert on ground picking up apples and putting them back into the basket Albert on ground picking up apples and putting them back into the basket
Girl picks up duckling from nest Girl picks up duckling from nest


  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon
    “If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”
  • Mark Twain
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.”


Pick up the pace - To speed things up
Pick up the tab - A person who pays for everyone picks up the tab.
Pick-up game - (USA) A pick-up game is something unplanned where people respond to events as they happen.


In literature:

He turned away with an expression of pain, picked up his hat, and went out.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Ask them if they have picked up a wireless from U74.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
As she got up to go to bed, she picked up the bag in which they brought the mail and felt in it to see if anything were left.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
It's picked up and laid down and picked up.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Any trouble picking up the crew?
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
They were close enough to pick up the brown streaks of beached seaweed.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The red surged up in his thin cheeks as he picked up the thing.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
We'd like to go up an' down an' pick up de pretty shells.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
She got up nervously and picked up her fiddle.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Carrying the nameless cat in her arms, Lorraine went in her bare feet across the grimy, bare floor to the table and picked up the note.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

The Captain was weeping - all down his back
At the sound of the sweet refrain
And picking her up in his strong, loving arms
Threw her back in the sea again.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
Chorus: Oh! it's broiling, etc.
This lovely country, I've been told,
Abounds in silver and in gold.
You may pick it up all day,
Just as leaves in autumn lay!
"Colonial Experience" by Anonymous Oceania
Sam looked 'round to pick up his pudding
But it wasn't there, nowhere about.
In the place where he thought he had left it,
Lay the cannon ball he'd just tipped out.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
And the King picked up a spear, and cried,
" What hast thou there ? by the waters of Styx,
Speak or I strike," and the boy replied,
" Sweet Sire, it is a crucifix." .
"The Ballad Of Saint Vitus" by Lord Alfred Douglas
"'Twas a great liberty to take!"
(I fired up like a rocket).
"He did it just for punning's sake:
'The man,' says Johnson, 'that would make
A pun, would pick a pocket!'"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
Quiet, yet fond of a laugh and a joke,
Though at times he took other moods, and then
He would only look up for a five minutes' smoke,
Then take to the shovel and pick again.
"Duncan Weir" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

A while back, the rapper picked up a red-on-red Bugatti Veyron.
Sarah Michelle Gellar picks up her daughter Charlotte from school in Santa Monica, CA on October 15th.
Rose out as Noah picks up slack with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Since our DNA can be detected from our blood, do we also pick up a blood donor 's DNA when we receive a blood transfusion.
Outrage over ticketing of blood transfusion van picking up donations.
Democrats pick up pieces after Tuesday's bloodbath.
Bluejay women pick up home soccer victory.
Fordham picked up the big body it was sorely in need of.
Duane Miles picked up a loner 388ci engine from his buddy's drag car so he could come out and sling mud.
Duane Miles picked up a loner 388ci.
Fanboys lined up outside their local game shops at midnight to pick up the title, eager to loot corpses and treasure chests the second the title's servers were turned on.
When the Giants headed onto the field to warm up, they were on the verge of picking up some wiggle room in the standings, but Dallas and Washington both came back to win minutes before the game Sunday at MetLife Stadium kicked off.
So it's little surprise that he'd show up at a pick-up kickball.
I remember calling up just this past Sunday to place a Father's Day pick-up feast with pulled pork and sliced brisket, asking for as much bark and crust as possible.
The pick up hours on either day are from 9 am to 1 pm The mulch pick up happens at the Lafayette Service Center.

In science:

The data from x(t) picked up by sender and the corresponding secret keys are shown in TABLE-1.
Synchronization between variable time delayed systems and cryptography
Under the map U 7→ eiφU , such irreps pick up a phase of eimφ .
Random Quantum Circuits are Approximate 2-designs
He could have just picked up the call and listened the first 5 seconds to know that it is SPIT.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
To O(|F |2 ), the relation (4.7) is simply preserved, and both sides pick up θ components.
Comments on General Gauge Mediation
Although each player picks up a frame randomly, we assume this is known by its opponent when considering the maxmin and minimax problems as formulated below.
Jamming in Fixed-Rate Wireless Systems with Power Constraints - Part I: Fast Fading Channels