Plectrum vs. Pick

Plectrum vs. Pick — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Plectrum and Pick

Plectrumnoun

A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.

Pickverb

To select from a group

The best swimmer was picked.

Plectrumnoun

(music) A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc., for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.

Pickverb

To gather in; harvest

They were picking cotton.

Plectrumnoun

A projection of bone or other stiff tissue, such as the ridges in some insects' stridulatory organs.

Pickverb

To gather the harvest from

picked the field in one day.
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Plectrumnoun

a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

Pickverb

To remove the outer covering of; pluck

pick a chicken clean of feathers.

Pickverb

To tear off bit by bit

pick meat from the bones.

Pickverb

To remove extraneous matter from (the teeth, for example).

Pickverb

To poke and pull at (something) with the fingers.

Pickverb

To break up, separate, or detach by means of a sharp pointed instrument.

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Pickverb

To pierce or make (a hole) with a sharp pointed instrument.

Pickverb

To take up (food) with the beak; peck

The parrot picked its seed.

Pickverb

To steal the contents of

My pocket was picked.

Pickverb

To open (a lock) without the use of a key.

Pickverb

To provoke

pick a fight.

Pickverb

To pluck (an instrument's strings).

Pickverb

To play (an instrument) by plucking its strings.

Pickverb

To play (a tune) in this manner

picked a melody out on the guitar.

Pickverb

To decide with care or forethought.

Pickverb

To work with a pick.

Pickverb

To find fault or make petty criticisms; carp

He's always picking about something.

Pickverb

To be harvested or gathered

The ripe apples picked easily.

Pickverb

To throw (a shuttle) across a loom.

Picknoun

The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.

Picknoun

The act of selecting or choosing; choice

got first pick of the desserts.

Picknoun

Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part

the pick of the crop.

Picknoun

The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.

Picknoun

(Sports) An interception of a pass.

Picknoun

(Basketball) A screen.

Picknoun

A tool for breaking hard surfaces, consisting of a curved bar sharpened at both ends and fitted to a long handle.

Picknoun

Something, such as an ice pick, toothpick, or picklock, used for picking.

Picknoun

A long-toothed comb, usually designed for use on curly hair.

Picknoun

A pointed projection on the front of the blade of a figure skate.

Picknoun

(Music) A plectrum.

Picknoun

A weft thread in weaving.

Picknoun

A passage or throw of the shuttle in a loom.

Picknoun

A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.

Picknoun

A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.

Picknoun

A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.

Picknoun

A choice; ability to choose.

Picknoun

That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.

Picknoun

(basketball) A screen.

Picknoun

(lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.

Picknoun

(American football) An interception.

Picknoun

(baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder.

Picknoun

(baseball) A pickoff.

Picknoun

(music) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.

Picknoun

A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.

Picknoun

(obsolete) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.

Picknoun

A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet.

Picknoun

That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.

Picknoun

(weaving) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread.

so many picks to an inch

Pickverb

To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.

Don't pick at that scab.He picked his nose.

Pickverb

To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.

It's time to pick the tomatoes.

Pickverb

To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.

She picked flowers in the meadow.to pick feathers from a fowl

Pickverb

To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.

to pick rags

Pickverb

To remove something from somewhere with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.

to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket

Pickverb

To decide upon, from a set of options; to select.

I'll pick the one with the nicest name.Seek an opportunity to quarrel or argue with someone.

Pickverb

(cricket) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released.

He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.

Pickverb

(music) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.

He picked a tune on his banjo.

Pickverb

To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc.

Pickverb

To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.

Pickverb

To do anything fastidiously or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.

Pickverb

To steal; to pilfer.

Pickverb

(obsolete) To throw; to pitch.

Pickverb

(dated) To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.

Pickverb

(ambitransitive) To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.

to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.

Picknoun

the person or thing chosen or selected;

he was my pick for mayor

Picknoun

the quantity of a crop that is harvested;

he sent the first picking of berries to the marketit was the biggest peach pick in years

Picknoun

the best people or things in a group;

the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War

Picknoun

the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

Picknoun

a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

Picknoun

a thin sharp implement used for picking;

he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks

Picknoun

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

Picknoun

a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body;

he was called for setting an illegal pick

Picknoun

the act of choosing or selecting;

your choice of colors was unfortunateyou can take your pick

Pickverb

select carefully from a group;

She finally picked her successorHe picked his way carefully

Pickverb

look for and gather;

pick mushroomspick flowers

Pickverb

harass with constant criticism;

Don't always pick on your little brother

Pickverb

provoke;

pick a fight or a quarrel

Pickverb

remove in small bits;

pick meat from a bone

Pickverb

remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits;

Clean the turkey

Pickverb

pilfer or rob;

pick pockets

Pickverb

pay for something;

pick up the tabpick up the burden of high-interest mortgagesfoot the bill

Pickverb

pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion;

he plucked the strings of his mandolin

Pickverb

attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example;

Pick open the ice

Pickverb

hit lightly with a picking motion

Pickverb

eat intermittently; take small bites of;

He pieced at the sandwich all morningShe never eats a full meal--she just nibbles