pick out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pick out pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives "Take any one of these cards","Choose a good husband for your daughter","She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
    • v pick out detect with the senses "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards","I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly
    • Pick out to make out: to mark with spots of colour, &c
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Quotations

  • Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad%20Ali
    “I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!”
  • Pablo Picasso
    Pablo%20Picasso
    “We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Oh yes, I'll pick out some lads who owe 'em a grudge, same as I do.
"The Black Tor" by George Manville Fenn
Look here, I picked out this.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
This he shook about a little under water, brought it all up again, and picked out the stones.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
I'se sometimes thread de needle for my Ma, or pick out de seed out de cotton, an' make it into rolls to spin.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Picked out a spot yet for your garden?
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I picked out and burnished a nugget as large as a filbert.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He cursed them, then, in a sudden panic, picked up his shoes and slipped out at the copse's back door.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Naturally of course I have picked out Mr. Albert Sidney Burleson of Austin, Texas, Postmaster Imperturbable of The United States.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
So he picked out a secluded nook and lay there until evening.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
The man picked out the small lump, and turned it in his fingers.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
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In poetry:

From the morrow
Would I pick new herbs
But in my marked out fields
Both yesterday and today
The snow has kept on falling
"From the morrow" by Yamabe no Akahito
Amid the sound of picks to-day,
And shovels rasping on the rail,
A sweet voice came from far away,
From out a gladly greening vale.
"The Cuckoo" by Alexander Anderson
And then he's so pierc'd with cares,
And wounded with arrowy smarts,
That the whole business of his life
Is to pick out the heads of the darts.
"Why Was Cupid a Boy" by William Blake
One cried out "my mother sings
‘Just as I am though tossed about;’"
And the crowd picked up the anthem—
"With many a conflict, many a doubt."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The plague, within their houses, stalks —
In all their streets, fell famine walks —
And, in the fields, the ravens pick
The eyes out of the helpless sick.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
I thought so too,
But what if this picked man, this chosen sage,
Were such a thorough Jew that he seeks out
For Christian children to bring up as Jews -
How then?
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District was picked out of many charities by Colorado Native Lager to be a part of the Community Reinvestment Project.
German wine labels can be confusing, but mostly because of the tangled gothic letters that make it difficult to pick out specific words.
Picking Out A Small Piece Of WWII History.
You can try picking out a tune but a better method is to activate the keyboard controls by pressing the button beneath the strings.
RUSTY COSTANZA / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Carl Mack, right, helps actor Rogue Caston pick out just the right hat.
That's why I had mine all picked out a week in advance.
Visitors last year to Kerby Farm Pumpkin Patch pick out their pumpkins.
Man accused of using obituaries to pick out theft victims pleads no contest to 4 charges.
Trying to pick out the perfect name for a grandmother.
How to pick out an angry drinker.
How to pick out a plumber.
Little kids pick out their favorite cartoon character Valentines to exchange with their classmates.
Picking out the right wedding gift .
Ankle problem keeps top draft pick out of lineup.
DISTURBANCE, EAST WASHINGTON STREET: When picking out designated drivers, make sure they don't have any arrest warrant s.
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In science:

When λ is dominant, this pro jection picks out a space of functions on G that transforms under the left G action as the irreducible representation with highest weight λ.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Otherwise, we can pick out Fgood from (57), and hence we can determine (55).
Identifying several biased coins encountered by a hidden random walk
Thus we can pick out the first expression, which allows us to determine (61).
Identifying several biased coins encountered by a hidden random walk
We want to guarantee that we can pick out Ggood from {Ggood , Gbad} given in (65).
Identifying several biased coins encountered by a hidden random walk
So if we wanted to sample branched covers of index ≤ L for large L, we would need some way of picking out the subgroups without enumerating all of them.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
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