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pick

1
1. a tool with a handle carrying a long steel head curved and tapering to a point at one or both ends, used for loosening soil, breaking rocks, etc.
2. any of various tools used for picking, such as an ice pick or toothpick
3. a plectrum

pick

2 (in weaving)
1. one casting of a shuttle
2. a weft or filling thread

pick

[pik]
(computer science)
To select the next card from an input stack for feeding into a card machine.
(design engineering)
The steel cutting points used on a coal-cutter chain.
A miner's steel or iron digging tool with sharp points at each end.
(engineering)
To dress the sides of a shaft or other excavation.
To remove shale, dirt, and such from coal.
(textiles)

pick

A hand tool used for loosening and breaking up closely compacted soil and rock; consists of a steel head which usually is curved, with a point on one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle.
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When Bill Clinton became president, he quickly shelved a failing missile defense program in favor of theatre missile defense, a portable system that can pick off short-range missiles in flight.
The day you can pick off an RTC deal and feel good about it are over.
Jon Sims took off for home from third base as soon as pitcher Blake Gailen lifted his leg to throw to first to try to pick off Aguilar, who already had taken off for second.