pickup

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pickup the act of taking aboard passengers or freight
    • n pickup the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"
    • n pickup an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
    • n pickup a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
    • n pickup anything with restorative powers "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her"
    • n pickup mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
    • n pickup the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration "his car has a lot of pickup"
    • n pickup a warrant to take someone into custody "put out a pickup on that man"
    • n pickup a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A United Parcel Service delivery person typically makes up to 300 pickups or deliveries a day. That compares to someone doing 600 sets of step aerobics a day.
    • Pickup (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.
    • Pickup a hitchhiker who has been picked up.
    • Pickup (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.
    • Pickup 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.
    • Pickup (Automobiles) acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate.
    • Pickup Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground.
    • Pickup One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.
    • Pickup (Elec) That which picks up;
    • Pickup (Electronics) the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
    • pickup Composed of such things or fragments as are immediately available, or can be got together; “scratch”: as, a pick-up dinner.
    • n pickup In printing, types already composed and previously used, claimed by the type-setter as his own composition.
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Usage

In literature:

A man got out of the pickup.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
Mr. Ishmael Pickup followed my lead.
"A Rogue's Life" by Wilkie Collins
I have seen him pickup a chair and hurl it through a closed window.
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
He bought himself a pickup truck and started a painting business there.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
Once a car passed directly below the pickup, a man staring at the ground from it over a machine gun.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
Pickup shows a haze like in the reconstruct.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
It began to unroll through a pickup head.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
Johnny Culpepper, the ranch's other full-time hand and Hetty's assistant manager, drove the pickup into the yard just before noon.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
A mere pickup, I raged, a stray woman found on a street.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
This looked like about as good a time as any to make the pickup.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
Those old steel rails themselves act as antennas for the broadcaster, and the rat's tail is the pickup antenna.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Then hand it over to the pickup-squad and say: 'Mr.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I'll make a routine pickup, and he won't have it any more.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
Unable to let him go without some objection, she spoke quietly enough that the comm pickups wouldn't transmit her words.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
He had his pickup trained in front of him, and the watchers in the ship followed the advance.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Wonderful pickup these days.
"Martyr" by Alan Edward Nourse
Pickups wheeled in and out, transferring supplies to a cleared area outside.
"Student Body" by Floyd L. Wallace
The shock of the pickup was a little too much.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Which confirmed again that they'd come in the pickups parked outside, driven here by the men.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
It was inserted as a memorial to Samuel and Elizabeth Pickup.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Manchester" by Thomas Perkins
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In news:

(FYI: Jeep used the Gladiator name on a pickup built from 1963 to 1969.
Progress continues on our project Model A pickup, being built around a brand-new, stretched '28-29 body manufactured by Kelvin Waddington's company, Nostalgia Speed and Cycle.
A pickup truck reported to be weaving on State Route 4 plowed.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 24— The Kandahar Sport Stadium is serene these days, its dusty brown field used by neighborhood boys for pickup games of soccer.
Grundy County adding trash pickup points.
UPS, in game-changing innovation, takes the guesswork out of LTL pickups.
Man was killed Thursday morning when his large, flatbed pickup truck was rear-ended by a semitrailer in eastern Pennington County.
The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere drama has received a pickup for nine more hours.
Run get me my pickup keys, Bobby Don.
A Paynesville man was killed in a pickup truck rollover on Saturday afternoon on Co. 2 near Hawick.
There's been a lot of speculation about whether or not that hitch sticking out of the back of your pickup truck could get you a ticket.
Of the 15 vehicles, 11 of them are pickup trucks.
Photo courtesy of LPD This military surplus vehicle was obtained by Lewisburg Police at no cost other than labor and pickup transportation expenses.
Robert Freeman rolled up to the studio in his trademark white Chevy pickup.
Six years ago this summer, the Native American novelist Louis Owens drove his pickup truck to Albuquerque's airport and parked.
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In science:

Figure 2. A scheme of the imaging detector comprising two THGEMs, a resistive anode, and a double-sided pickup electrode structured with 2D pad-strings connected to delay-lines.
Advances in imaging THGEM-based detectors
Existing R&D work at Fermilab focuses on assembly techniques and noise pickup using a long wire test stand .
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
This cross linking provides robustness against effects from time-stream filters in the data processing (see Section 3.4.1) and enables various systematic studies where instrumental effects or pickup of signals from the ground can be distinguished from real signals on the sky (see Reference 37 for another view on this).
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
Other components in the data that must be removed are the effects of ground pickup from the 300-K Earth and changing atmospheric contributions during the scan.
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
This scheme suffered from several experimental issues, including cross-talk and RF pickup.
Executive Summary of the Workshop on Polarisation and Beam Energy Measurements at the ILC
The droplets can be seeded by atomic or molecular species passing them through a pickup cell, the attached molecules being in the lowest vibrational state and at low rotational temperature.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics
Several types of minimum bias triggers have been implemented by ATLAS and CMS in order to cover various phases of LHC running [7, 9]. A random trigger (with beam pickup) at Level-1 is ideal since it accepts all types of inelastic events equally with zero bias.
Minimum Bias and Underlying Event Studies at ATLAS and CMS
Figure 3: (a) Schematic layout for a scanning SQUID sensor with integrated 4µm diameter pickup loop. (b) Schematic layout of the pickup loop area of a scanning SQUID susceptometer. (c) Schematic diagram of a variable sample temperature SQUID microscope.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
Small SQUIDs have the advantage of simplicity, while integrated pickup loop SQUIDs have the advantage of ease of flux modulation.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
SQUID through a thin- film coaxia l sheath, so that only the pickup loop is sensitive to the sample magnetic fields.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
In these sensors a one-turn field coil is integrated into the pickup loop area.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
For Fig. 4(a) the sample was cooled in zero field an d imaged at 4.2K using a SQUID with a 10µm diameter pickup loop.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
The solid lines are calculations, using the known geometry of the ring and pickup loop, and assuming the ring has Φ0 /2 total flux in it.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
SQUID pickup loop is centered on the 3-junction ring.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
Fig. 4(d) s hows the amplitude of the SQUID sensor flux signal when the pickup loop is centered on the 3-junction and 2-junction rings, minus that above the 0-junction ring, for 12 separate cooldowns in slightly different fields.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
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