pick
noun.
the person or thing chosen or selected
he was my pick for mayor
Synonym: choice, selection
noun.
the quantity of a crop that is harvested
he sent the first picking of berries to the market|it was the biggest peach pick in years
Synonym: picking
noun.
the best people or things in a group
the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War
Synonym: cream
noun.
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
Synonym: filling, weft, woof
noun.
a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
Synonym: plectrum, plectron
noun.
a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks
noun.
a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
they used picks and sledges to break the rocks
Synonym: pickax, pickaxe
noun.
a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body
he was called for setting an illegal pick
noun.
the act of choosing or selecting
your choice of colors was unfortunate|you can take your pick
verb.
select carefully from a group
She finally picked her successor|He picked his way carefully
verb.
look for and gather
pick mushrooms|pick flowers
Synonym: cull, pluck
verb.
harass with constant criticism
Don't always pick on your little brother
Synonym: blame, find fault
verb.
provoke
pick a fight or a quarrel
verb.
remove in small bits
pick meat from a bone
verb.
remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
Clean the turkey
Synonym: clean
verb.
pilfer or rob
pick pockets
verb.
pay for something
pick up the tab|pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages|foot the bill
Synonym: foot
verb.
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
he plucked the strings of his mandolin
Synonym: pluck, plunk
verb.
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
Pick open the ice
Synonym: break up
verb.
hit lightly with a picking motion
Synonym: peck, beak
verb.
eat intermittently; take small bites of
He pieced at the sandwich all morning|She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles
Synonym: nibble, piece