6. To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket. Did you pick master Slender's purse? (Shak) He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. (Cowper)
9. To trim. To pick at, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance. To pick a bone with. See Bone. To pick a thank, to curry favor. To pick off. To pluck; to remove by picking. To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters pick off the enemy. To pick out. To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark stuff with lines or spots of bright colours. To select from a number or quantity. To pick to pieces, to pull apart piece by piece; hence, to analyze; especially, to criticize in detail. To pick a quarrel, to give occasion of quarrel intentionally. To pick up. To take up, as with the fingers. To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there; as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.
Origin: OE. Picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. Pikka, Sw. Picka, Dan. Pikke, D. Pikken, G. Picken, F. Piquer, W. Pigo. Cf. Peck, Pike, Pitch to throw.
2. (Science: chemical) A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many picks per minute; hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread; as, so many picks to an inch. Pick dressing, in cut stonework, a facing made by a pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or depressions. Pick hammer, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.
Origin: F. Pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.