pick(redirected from pick up steam)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms.
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
pick2 (in weaving)
1. one casting of a shuttle
2. a weft or filling thread
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
To select the next card from an input stack for feeding into a card machine.
The steel cutting points used on a coal-cutter chain.
A miner's steel or iron digging tool with sharp points at each end.
To dress the sides of a shaft or other excavation.
To remove shale, dirt, and such from coal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.