Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pick-fault noun One who seeks out faults.
Pick-me-up noun A stimulant, restorative, or tonic; a bracer. [ Colloq.]
Pick-up, Pickup noun
[ Colloq., Cant. or Slang] 1. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground. 2. That which picks up;
specif.: (Electricity) = Brush b . 3. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.
Picketee noun (Botany) See Picotee .
1. The act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick. 2. The act of choosing, plucking, or gathering. 3. That which is, or may be, picked or gleaned. 4. Pilfering; also, that which is pilfered. 5. plural The pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks. [ Eng.] Simmonds. 6. (Mining) Rough sorting of ore. 7. Overburned bricks. Simmonds.
Picking adjective 1. Done or made as with a pointed tool; as, a picking sound. 2. Nice; careful.
was too warm on picking work to dwell. Dryden. Picking peg
. (Weaving) See Picker , noun , 3.
[ Obsolete] See Picle .
[ Confer Dutch pekel
. Probably a dim. from Pick
, transitive verb
, alluding to the cleaning of the fish.] 1. (a) A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine. (b) Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc. 2. Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar. 3. (Founding) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their color. 4. A troublesome child; as, a little pickle .
[ Colloq.] To be in a pickle
, to be in disagreeable position; to be in a condition of embarrassment, difficulty, or disorder.
"How cam'st thou in this pickle
- - To put a rod in pickle
, to prepare a particular reproof, punishment, or penalty for future application.
Pickle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pickled
; present participle & verbal noun Pickling
.] 1. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers. 2. To give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters.
1. A herring preserved in brine; a pickled herring. [ Obsolete] Shak. 2. A merry-andrew; a buffoon. [ Obsolete] Addison.
Pickled adjective Preserved in a pickle.
Pickler noun One who makes pickles.
1. An instrument for picking locks. Shak. 2. One who picks locks; a thief. "A picklock of secrets." Jer. Taylor.
Pickmire noun [ So called from its picking its food from the mire .] (Zoology) The pewit, or black-headed gull. [ Prov. Eng.]
Pickpack adverb Pickaback.
; plural Pickpennies A miser; also, a sharper. Dr. H. More.
Pickpocket noun One who steals purses or other articles from pockets. Bentley.
Pickpurse noun One who steals purses, or money from purses. Latimer. Shak.
Pickthank noun One who strives to put another under obligation; an officious person; hence, a flatterer. Used also adjectively.
Smiling pickthanks , and base newsmongers. Shak.
Picktooth noun A toothpick. [ Obsolete] Swift.
Picle (pĭk"'l) noun [ Prob. from pightel or pingle .] A small piece of land inclosed with a hedge; a close. [ Obsolete] [ Written also pickle .]
[ Confer French piquenique
. See Pick
, and confer Knickknack
.] Formerly, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table; now, an excursion or pleasure party in which the members partake of a collation or repast (usually in the open air, and from food carried by themselves).
Picnic intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Picnicked
; present participle & verbal noun Picnicking
.] To go on a picnic, or pleasure excursion; to eat in public fashion.
Picnicker noun One who takes part in a picnic.
Picoid adjective [ Picus + - oid .] (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the Pici.
Picoline noun [ Latin pix , picis , pitch + ol eum oil + -ine .] (Chemistry) Any one of three isometric bases (C 6 H 7 N) related to pyridine, and obtained from bone oil, acrolein ammonia, and coal-tar naphtha, as colorless mobile liquids of strong odor; -- called also methyl pyridine .
Picot noun [ French] One of many small loops, as of thread, forming an ornamental border, as on a ribbon.
Picotee, Picotine noun [ French picoté dotted, picked.] (Botany) A variety of carnation having petals of a light color variously dotted and spotted at the edges.
Picra noun [ Latin , from Greek ... sharp, bitter.] (Medicine) The powder of aloes with canella, formerly officinal, employed as a cathartic.
Picrate noun (Chemistry) A salt of picric acid.
Picric adjective [ Greek ... bitter.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, a strong organic acid (called picric acid ), intensely bitter. » Picric acid is obtained by treating phenol with strong nitric acid, as a brilliant yellow crystalline substance, C 6 H 2 (NO 2 ) 3 .OH. It is used in dyeing silk and wool, and also in the manufacture of explosives, as it is very unstable when heated. Called also trinitrophenol , and formerly carbazotic acid .
Picrite noun [ From Greek ... bitter.] (Min.) A dark green igneous rock, consisting largely of chrysolite, with hornblende, augite, biotite, etc.
Picrolite noun [ Greek ... bitter + -lite .: confer French picrolithe .] (Min.) A fibrous variety of serpentine.
Picromel noun [ Greek ... bitter + ... honey: confer French picromel .] (Old Chem.) A colorless viscous substance having a bitter-sweet taste. » It was formerly supposed to be the essential principle of the bile, but is now known to be a mixture, principally of salts of glycocholic and taurocholic acids.
Picrotoxin noun [ Greek ... bitter + tox ic + -in .] (Chemistry) A bitter white crystalline substance found in the cocculus indicus. It is a peculiar poisonous neurotic and intoxicant, and consists of a mixture of several neutral substances.
Picryl noun [ Picr ic + - yl .] (Chemistry) The hypothetical radical of picric acid, analogous to phenyl.
Pictish adjective Of or pertaining to Picts; resembling the Picts. "The Pictish peer." Byron.
[ See Picture
, and -graph
.] A picture or hieroglyph representing and expressing an idea.
-- Pic`to*graph"ic adjective
[ Latin pictorius
, from pictor
a painter, from pingere
to paint. See Paint
.] Of or pertaining to pictures; illustrated by pictures; forming pictures; representing with the clearness of a picture; as, a pictorial dictionary; a pictorial imagination.
Pictoric, Pictorical adjective Pictorial. [ Obsolete]
Picts noun plural ; sing. Pict [ Latin Picti ; confer Anglo-Saxon Peohtas .] (Ethnol.) A race of people of uncertain origin, who inhabited Scotland in early times.
Pictura noun [ Latin , a painting.] (Zoology) Pattern of coloration.
Picturable adjective Capable of being pictured, or represented by a picture.
Pictural adjective Pictorial. [ R.] Sir W. Scott.
Pictural noun A picture. [ Obsolete] Spenser.