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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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New Scientist magazine reports: "The team has already shown that it can distinguish between traces from the mother's and the baby's heart during pregnancy, even picking apart the signals from triplets.
On top of the world one moment and the next moment, whether you'll read a shitty review or someone's picking apart your lyrics--it's so up and down all the time.
The exciting thing here is that it's now possible to begin picking apart language, one of the highest-order cognitive functions, one gene at a time," comments geneticist Dennis Drayna of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in Rockville, Md.
Specialists will have a field day picking apart Stinchcombe's generalizations and exposing his factual errors, big and small.