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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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183 batting average and helped himself by picking off 10 base runners.
Birds that ride around on large African mammals picking off ticks provide a common textbook example of mutualism, but the animals' interactions may not exemplify such a happy partnership after all.
And late in the fourth quarter, after moving the ball to the Rio Mesa 7, Barlow was intercepted again, this time Rio Mesa defensive back Cisco Zendejas picking off the ball in the end zone and running it back to the Camarillo 49.
Triton could have gone around this path as many as 100 million times, picking off lesser moons all the while, says Goldreich.