• Hop-picking in Kent
    Hop-picking in Kent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n picking the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
    • n picking 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

John DeWitt about to pick up the ball John DeWitt about to pick up the ball
The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
Locality of Ankylosaurus skull in Edmonton formation in Red Deer River. The skull is in the rock just above the pick, about the center of the photograph Locality of Ankylosaurus skull in Edmonton formation in Red Deer River. The skull is in the rock just above the pick,...
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
A man on a donkey picks fruit from a tree A man on a donkey picks fruit from a tree

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After being picked an orange cannot ripen
    • Picking Done or made as with a pointed tool; as, a picking sound.
    • Picking Nice; careful. "was too warm on picking work to dwell."
    • Picking Overburned bricks.
    • Picking Pilfering; also, that which is pilfered.
    • Picking (Mining) Rough sorting of ore.
    • Picking That which is, or may be, picked or gleaned.
    • Picking The act of choosing, plucking, or gathering.
    • Picking The act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick.
    • Picking The pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Israel, religious law forbids picking your nose on Sabbath
    • n picking The act of one who picks, in any sense.
    • n picking In stone-working, same as dabbing, 1.
    • n picking The final dressing or finishing of woven fabrics by going over the surface and removing burs and blemishes by hand, or retouching the color with dye by means of a camel's-hair pencil.
    • n picking plural That which one can pick up or off; anything left to be picked or gleaned.
    • n picking Pilfering; stealing; also, that which is obtained by petty pilfering; perquisites gotten by means not strictly honest.
    • n picking Removing picks or defects in electrotype plates with the tools of an electrotype-finisher.
    • n picking plural The pulverized shells of oysters, used in making walks.
    • n picking A hard-burned brick.
    • n picking A rough sorting or cleaning, as of coal, from impurities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year 8,000 people injure themselves while using a tooth pick.
    • Picking the act of picking, selecting, gathering, pilfering: that which is left to be picked: dabbing in stone-working: the final finishing of woven fabrics by removing burs, &c.: removing defects from electrotype plates
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  • Jonathan Kozol
    Jonathan Kozol
    “Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards, I take the air there willingly, perhaps more willingly than elsewhere, when take the air I must.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Remember that the faith that moves mountains always carries a pick.”
  • Mae West
    “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”
  • Carlos Castaneda
    Carlos Castaneda
    “All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “The easiest way to solve a problem is to pick an easy one.”


Bone to pick - If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
Cherry pick - If people cherry pick, they choose things that support their position, while ignoring things that contradict it.
I've got a bone to pick with you - If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
Pick someone's brains - If you pick someone's brains, you ask them for advice, suggestions and information about something they know about.
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.
Schoolyard pick - When people take it in turns to choose a member of a team, it is a schoolyard pick.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.


In literature:

And, since the frequency was so high, a special detector was required to pick it up.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
The pointed ends of the sleeves were picked out with squares of velvet.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Pa could almost pick up the right mould in the dark, he was so used to doing it.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Anyway, if someone wants to pick up Trigger Argee here, he'd better come in with a battleship.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Bennett picked it up and found that the picture had been removed.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Thus it came about that we rambled among the woods and hills, picking wild flowers and glad almost with the joy of children.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
I noticed that he never picked a rose, never smelled one.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Dem thievin' sojers even picked up one of de babies and started off wid it, and den Old Miss did scream and cry for sho'.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Half an hour later Foyle dashed out of the room hatless, and, picking up a taxicab, drove at top speed to Grosvenor Gardens.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Everyone that we knew picked and picked but wagon loads rotted on the ground.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
When there were no customers in the shop she would pick up books quite at random and read in them.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
And whenever he had crushed another sun-disk, he picked up a fresh mountain.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
I filmed him, carefully and coolly picking off the Germans foolish enough to show their heads.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Don't you make the mistake of thinking that all a miner has to do is to use his pick!
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The wolves had failed to do their part, and had not picked up the trail.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
Then he saw a searchlight beam pick up a dark shape below.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Then she picked another.
"The Shoemaker's Apron" by Parker Fillmore
A place is provided outside the picking room where the ducks can be hung and bled.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
Picked up two horses and two mules.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
He let the paper flutter from his fingers, but he did not dare glance back to see if the policeman had picked it up.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp

In poetry:

I must labour without pity—
I the pick and spade must wield
In the streetways of the city
Or upon another’s field!
"Beaten Back" by Henry Lawson
What deeds have sprung from plow and pick!
What bank-rolls from tomatoes!
No dainty crop of rhetoric
Can match one of potatoes.
"Dr. Booker T. Washington To The National Negro Business League" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr
For every sport, for every song,
He halted as he pass'd along:
Caught by each idle sight he saw,
He'd loiter e'en to pick a straw.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
My gutcher sat by her bedside;
Said he, I'se for thy bairn provide;
Amang my ain she'll pick an' mell,
An' sune dae sum'thing for hersel'.
"Mysie, An Aul' Warl', But Ower True Story" by Janet Hamilton
'FLOWERS nodding gaily, scent in air,
Flowers posied, flowers for the hair,
Sleepy flowers, flowers bold to stare——'
'O pick me some!'
"A Duet" by Thomas Sturge Moore
And must the pole-axe lay thee low?
And will they pick thy poor old bones?
No—hang me if it shall be so,—
If I can win the Widow Jones.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Alta receiver Ammon Barker picks UCLA.
The Madera South Stallions girls volleyball team picked a bad time to play its worse match of the season against the Sanger Apaches .
Early-round MLB draft picks sign for $1,000 apiece .
In this June 15, 2012, photo provided by the Lowell Spinners, Boston Red Sox draft pick Kyle Kraus stands at the team's stadium in Lowell, Mass.
Kraus was taken by the Boston Red Sox with the 241st pick overall, and received a $1,000 signing bonus.
Stanford pitcher and first-round draft pick Mark Appel throws during an NCAA super regional game against Florida State on June 8 in Tallahassee, Fla.
He's the only first-round pick who didn't sign this year.
Government Shouldn't Pick Winners and Losers.
Are there any pick-your-own apple orchard s in this part of North Carolina.
There's one in Eagle Springs in Moore County - but its pick-your-own crop ended Friday.
You can get a horse drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick out the pumpkin you'd like to take home.
Picking apples in today's market.
A Coachella Valley resident is Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit's pick to fill a seat on the county planning commission.
Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College women's basketball team picked up its fourth win of the young season with a 73-64 victory over Indiana Tech.
One of Mole's favourite autumnal pastimes is curling up with a drink and the Argos catalogue to pick an item to buy in-store.

In science:

If (1.6) holds, let x∗ ∈ S be any (recurrent) state of the Markov chain (xn ) and pick any r ∈ (0, 1).
Limit theorems for one-dimensional transient random walks in Markov environments
To quantize this theory we need to pick a gauge condition eg.
Exact Lattice Supersymmetry from Topological Field Theory
In the new sequence, pick again the first sequence RL, reading from left to right, and use again one of the moves.
Virasoro action on Schur function expansions, skew Young tableaux and random walks
Pick λ sufficiently large such that the probability above is ≤ e−3√k .
Excited random walk in three dimensions has positive speed
Pick one such nilpotent e, and let h(e) be the semisimple element which defines the corresponding Dynkin grading of E6 .
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
Markov chain consists of successive uniform random picks from V ), then the distribution (7.1) is uniform on the set of |V ||V |−1 rooted combinatorial trees labeled by V .
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
Obviously we can pick nF so that nF ≤ nG for every G ∈ F ℓ(F , E ).
Ind--varieties of generalized flags as homogeneous spaces for classical ind--groups
We then pick an eigenfunction f for M and use it to construct a test function F , de fined on permutations, which is a weighted sum of f applied to the locations of all cards.
Shuffling by semi-random transpositions
For each of v0 ’s stubs, choose a new neighbor by picking an element v1 from the stublist with probability pv1 |d(v0 ) as described in the text.
Random Networks with Tunable Degree Distribution and Clustering
Now we use the freedom we have in picking S and µ.
Generalized Hamilton-Jacobi equations for nonholonomic dynamics
Pick some lifts ˜xi ∈ TQ of the xi to words in the Q.
A Hopf algebra quantizing a necklace Lie algebra canonically associated to a quiver
It then follows by our assumption that we may pick u ∈ R \ R such that R[u] is a minimal extension of R (i.e., there are no rings properly between R and R[u]).
Integral Domains whose Simple Overrings are Intersections of Localizations
To see this pick a ∈ T0 \ M ; then (M , a) = T0 , and we may choose c ∈ M so that (a, c) = T0 .
Integral Domains whose Simple Overrings are Intersections of Localizations
I is a size-biased pick from the sequence x.
Dual random fragmentation and coagulation and an application to the genealogy of Yule processes
Pick ε > 0 such that p + ε < d d−2 , then there is c(δ, ε) > 0 depending on δ, ε and H only, such that H (t) ≤ c(δ, ε)tp+ε for any t ∈ [δ, ∞).
Annealed deviations of random walk in random scenery