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picking

[′pik·iŋ]
(computer science)
Identification of information displayed on a screen for subsequent computer processing, by pointing to it with a lightpen.
(graphic arts)
The lifting of the paper surface during printing.
(mining engineering)
Removal of waste material from an ore.
Extraction of the lightest-grade ore from a mine.
Emission of particles from the roof of a mine on the verge of collapse.
(textiles)
In yarn manufacture, the removal of extraneous matter from the face of woolen fabric.
In the weaving process, the movement of the shuttle along the warp of the fabric.

dabbing, daubing

Dressing a stone surface with a special pointed tool to produce a pitted appearance.
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The farmers should start picking when 50 per cent of cotton flowers should be open and mature, he added.
Barry Geraghty, who won the race on Monty's Pass in 2003, is back on board Slim Pickings for the first time since last year's National.
The nine-year-old is owned by the Doubtful Five Syndicate, which consists of five Cork businessmen including Noel Hanley, who spotted Slim Pickings in a field as a two-year-old.