• 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

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