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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of picking up: the pickup and delivery of farm produce.
  • n. Sports The act of striking or fielding a ball after it has touched the ground: a good pickup and throw from third base.
  • n. Capacity for acceleration: a sports car with good pickup.
  • n. Informal An improvement in condition or activity: a pickup in sales.
  • n. Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
  • n. One that is picked up, especially:
  • n. Passengers or freight: Taxi drivers expect good tips from airport pickups.
  • n. Informal A hitchhiker.
  • n. Slang A stranger with whom casual acquaintance is made, usually in anticipation of sexual relations.
  • n. Accounting A balance brought forward.
  • n. Previous journalistic copy to which succeeding copy is added.
  • n. Music See upbeat.
  • n. One that picks up, especially:
  • n. A pickup truck.
  • n. The rotary rake on a piece of machinery, such as a harvester, that picks up windrowed hay or straw.
  • n. Electronics A device that converts the oscillations of a phonograph needle into electrical impulses for subsequent conversion into sound.
  • n. Electronics The tone arm of a record player.
  • n. The reception of light or sound waves for conversion to electrical impulses.
  • n. The apparatus used for such reception.
  • n. A telecast originating outside a studio.
  • n. The apparatus for transmitting a broadcast from an outside place to the broadcasting station.
  • adj. Being, relating to, or involving a group of people assembled informally for a temporary purpose: a pickup orchestra; a pickup baseball game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic device for detecting sound, vibration, etc., such as one fitted to an electric guitar or record player.
  • n. A pickup truck.
  • n. Impromptu or ad hoc, especially of sports games.
  • n. An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.
  • n. An item that can be picked up by the player, conferring some benefit or effect; a power-up.
  • n. The act of a challenging party or candidate winning an electoral district held by an incumbent party or candidate. See also gain
  • n. The act of answering a telephone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground.
  • n. That which picks up
  • n. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.
  • n. a social companion for the evening who is met without prior arrangement, as at a singles bar; also, the act of joining with such a companion in that fashion.
  • n. acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate.
  • n. a component of a phonograph which contains the stylus and also components for converting the vibrations of the stylus into electrical impulses for subsequent processing into sound; often referred to as a cartridge; also, the process of converting vibrations into electrical impulses.
  • n. the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device.
  • n. a small truck having an enclosed driver's compartment (cab) but an open rear with usually low sides and a tailgate. Also called pickup truck.
  • n. a hitchhiker who has been picked up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Composed of such things or fragments as are immediately available, or can be got together; “scratch”: as, a pick-up dinner.
  • n. In printing, types already composed and previously used, claimed by the type-setter as his own composition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anything with restorative powers
  • n. the act of taking aboard passengers or freight
  • n. a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
  • n. an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
  • n. a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
  • n. the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
  • n. the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
  • n. mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
  • n. a warrant to take someone into custody
  • v. get in addition, as an increase
  • v. eat by pecking at, like a bird
  • v. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  • v. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  • v. take into custody
  • v. register (perceptual input)
  • v. lift out or reflect from a background
  • v. give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
  • v. take up by hand
  • v. meet someone for sexual purposes
  • v. take and lift upward
  • v. gain or regain energy
  • v. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
  • v. buy casually or spontaneously
  • v. improve significantly; go from bad to good
  • v. gather or collect

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