Pick, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.] 1. A sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock.
(Mining & Mech.) A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, -- used for digging ino the ground by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
3. A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
[Obs.] "Take down my buckler . . . and grind the pick on 't."
Beau. & Fl.
4. Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's
pick; in cat breeding, the owner of a stud gets the
pick of the litter.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
France and Russia have the pick of our stables.Ld. Lytton.
5. Hence: That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the
pick of the flock.
(Print.) A particle of ink or paper imbedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and occasioning a spot on a printed sheet.
(Painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
(Weaving) The blow which drives the shuttle, -- the rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many
picks per minute; hence,
in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread; as, so many
picks to an inch.
(Arch.), in cut stonework, a facing made by a pointed tool, leaving the surface in little pits or depressions. --
Pick hammer, a pick with one end sharp and the other blunt, used by miners.
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