• International Harvester spindle cotton picker, 1942
    International Harvester spindle cotton picker, 1942
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n picker someone who gathers crops or fruits etc.
    • n picker a person who chooses or selects out
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Cotton Pickers Cotton Pickers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Picker (Mach) A machine for picking fibrous materials to pieces so as to loosen and separate the fiber.
    • Picker (Ordnance) A priming wire for cleaning the vent.
    • Picker One who, or that which, picks, in any sense, -- as, one who uses a pick; one who gathers; a thief; a pick; a pickax; as, a cotton picker . "Pickers and stealers."
    • Picker (Weaving) The piece in a loom which strikes the end of the shuttle, and impels it through the warp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picker One who picks, culls, collects, or gathers: as, a rag-picker; a hop-picker.
    • n picker The workman who removes defects from and finishes electrotype plates.
    • n picker A tool or apparatus used in different manufacturing processes involving picking of some sort. In cotton manufacturing, a machine for opening the tussocks of bale- cotton, reducing it to a more fleecy condition, and separating it from dirt and refuse.
    • n picker One who or that which steals; a pilferer.
    • n picker A young cod, Gadus morrhua, too small to swallow bait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Picker one who picks or gathers up: one who removes defects from and finishes electrotype plates: a pilferer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.


In literature:

He was a quill blower and a banjo picker.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
All brains look alike, Michael Angelo's or a rag-picker's, when they're spattered in the mud of a trench.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Washington's feelings had been deeply moved by the papers which Pickering placed in his hands.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
It looks like the tool of some lock-picker.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
In the road ahead and in the road behind Negro pickers and shovellers toiled away, watched over by guards with shotguns.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The late Professor Pickering, renowned astronomer, encouraged the amateur societies of star-observers, and others.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
You starved pot picker, you!
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
An old rag picker told her that he had seen a woman answering to the description given by Caillette.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
I'll say he's a good picker.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

“Ethnologists are in the wrong
About our sable brothers;
And I intend to stop the song
Of Pickering and others.”
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
Alas, I didn’t do it though!
Old Pickering’s conclusions
Were to the point, as issues show,
And mine were mere delusions.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
Then swiftly to the features from a plaited green-hide belt—
You’d have to ring a shed or two to feel as Bogan felt—
For ’twas his green-hand picker-up (who wore a vacant look),
And Bogan saw the Boss outside consulting with his cook.
"The Boss's Boots" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The executive director of the Maine Cooperative extension was here at the station today to appear on the Potato Pickers Special.
Law has garbage picker crying foul.
His opponent, Keith Pickering of Watertown, received 7,718 votes, or 37.3 percent.
Mosby, director emeritus of Colgate's Picker Art Gallery, dies at 70.
Photograph courtesy of Colgate University Dewey F Mosby was director of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University from 1981 to 2004, when he retired.
Mary Sullivan, Gary Masters, and Jane and Jack Rosentel enjoy some wine at Pickering Winery Sunday on the Endless Mountains Wine Trail.
Free American Pickers tv links (tv-links) torrent on you tube.
Watch American Pickers episode guide or promo.
Scene of home invasion on Pickering Street in Virginia Beach on Nov 21, 2012.
The American Pickers crew is looking for leads for the possible tour through Arkansas in early 2013.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer Helen Pickering, R.D.
Drywater Productions is a film company owned and operated by Stephen and Cameron Pickering, professional filmmakers from Janesville, WI.
A body found in Frenchman 's Bay in Pickering is believed to be that of the 17-year-old star baseball player.
Sonny Montgomery was joined by Congressman Chip Pickering Saturday, as they announced $100,000 in federal appropriations to fund the Montgomery Institute for another year.
West Allis firefighters use a cherry picker to rescue riders on the Sky Glider after the ride lost power.

In science:

Historically, the optical Pickering-Balmer decrement has been used to detect the presence of hydrogen in WN stars (Conti et al. 1983).
A census of the Wolf-Rayet content in Westerlund 1 from near-infrared imaging and spectroscopy
The main indicator for the presence of H in the WR spectrum is the alternating Hei i Pickering decrement.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
In the 30 Dor region, however, the alternating Pickering decrement of helium lines suffers considerably from nebular pollution, and the determination of the H content remains (very) uncertain; such subtypes feature a “:” (or even “::”) to indicate this uncertainty.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
This can be seen by comparing the even-n Pickering series of He II (e.g., λλ 4100, 4339) with the odd-n Pickering series of He II (e.g., λλ 4200, 4542).
The Wolf-Rayet Content of M31
ES Cet (KUV 01584-0939) was discovered as a strong emission line system in the KISO survey, but in 2002 Brian Warner realized the “H” lines present in the spectrum of this peculiar CV were lines of the HeII Pickering series (see Fig. 4).
AM CVn stars