• WordNet 3.6
    • n picador the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Picador A horseman armed with a lance, who in a bullfight receives the first attack of the bull, and excites him by picking him without attempting to kill him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picador In bull-fighting, one of the horsemen armed with a lance who commence the combat in the arena by pricking the bull to madness with their weapons, but purposely avoid disabling him. The horse of the picador is often disemboweled by the bull; the man has armor for the legs, as much to keep them from being crushed by the weight of the horse falling on them as to protect them against the bull.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Picador pik-a-dōr′ a horseman armed with a lance, who commences a bull-fight by pricking the bull with his weapon.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. pica, a pike.


In literature:

Wunsch raised a chair threateningly, and Johnny, with the lightness of a PICADOR, darted under the missile and out of the open window.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
The third bull came on, and soon against it were both capadors and picadors.
"The Night-Born" by Jack London
A vague uneasiness had infected his adversaries; the picadors held aloof, the banderilleros skirmished at a safe distance.
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
We shook hands with old Don Picador, mounted our mules, and bid a last adieu to the Valley of the Hurricane.
"Tom Cringle's Log" by Michael Scott
The picador holds firmly, planting his spear-point in the shoulder of the brute.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
When she returned, she spoke much of a very skilful picador, named Lucas.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
Another bull is next attacked by mounted picadores, armed with lances.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, Issue 352, January 17, 1829" by Various
PICADOR, a man mounted on horseback armed with a spear to incite the bull in a bull-fight.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The picadors will now enter, bearing pikes with ticklers on the ends.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
"A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and Other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restless Oaks"" by Henry W. Shoemaker

In news:

Credit Lotte Hansen / Picador.
Alain de Botton, Author Picador USA $23 (326p) ISBN 978-0-312-13159-3.
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster Picador, 160 pp.
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster Picador, 320 pp.
Oracle Night by Paul Auster Picador, 256 pp.
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster Picador, 336 pp.
Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age by Sergio Luzzatto, translated from the Italian by Frederika Randall Picador, 371 pp.
Bodies Susie Orbach Picador, 208 pp.
Eyal Press is a Nation contributing writer and the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America (Picador).
Photo of Herta Müller courtesy of Picador.
The Submission by Amy Waldman (Picador, $15, fiction, reprint).

In science:

New York: Picador. 50. Hahn MW, Bentley RA (2003) Drift as a mechanism for cultural change: an example from baby names.
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