from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
- intransitive v. To use a pickax.
- transitive v. To use a pickax on.
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- n. Alternative spelling of pickaxe.
- v. Alternative spelling of pickaxe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pick with a point at one end, a transverse edge or blade at the other, and a handle inserted at the middle; a hammer with a flattened end for driving wedges and a pointed end for piercing as it strikes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pick, especially one with a sharp point on one side of the head and a broad blade on the other. The pointed end is used for loosening hard earth, and the other for cutting the roots of trees. See also cuts under pick, n., 1.
- To cut or clear away with a pickax.
- To use a pickax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
Middle English picax, alteration (influenced by ax, ax) of picas, from Old French picois (from pic, pick) and from Medieval Latin pīcōsa, both probably from Latin pīcus, woodpecker.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)