Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
  • intransitive verb To use a pickax.
  • intransitive verb To use a pickax on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of pickaxe.
  • verb Alternative spelling of pickaxe.

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

  • noun a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

Etymologies

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

[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.]

Examples

  • Here's what I'm sure of: I wouldn't tolerate someone ripping my dog's teeth out (baby pigs); stuffing him in a cramped wire cage (egg-laying chickens); or swinging a pickax at his face (Blue-Fin Tuna).

    Josh Tetrick: Food Stories

  • Here's what I'm sure of: I wouldn't tolerate someone ripping my dog's teeth out (baby pigs); stuffing him in a cramped wire cage (egg-laying chickens); or swinging a pickax at his face (Blue-Fin Tuna).

    Josh Tetrick: Food Stories

  • A second report from April 2009 describes an Iraqi detainee as being covered in bruises and a scar from being bludgeoned with a pickax.

    WikiLeaks Docs Raise Questions On Obama Policies

  • The logo for Kirk Miller's debonair menswear label, Miller's Oath, is a pickax.

    Ode to Handsome

  • A second report from April 2009 describes an Iraqi detainee as being covered in bruises and a scar from being bludgeoned with a pickax.

    WikiLeaks Docs Raise Questions On Obama Policies

  • Grabbing his pickax, he led her to an area with a bowl depression that had a retaining wall bricked around it.

    Demon From The Dark

  • He lets the pickax fall to the ground and digs deep into his pocket for a cell phone, punches in some letters and lets Claire copy the number off the screen.

    Healer

  • His pickax is slung loose in one hand; it is thickly calloused—she can see the cracked lines of dirt even from her car.

    Healer

  • Miss Chatter took out a pickax on the chap. Fire Jim Bowden wrote that dislike of Dibble is a unifying force among Nats fans.

    Peter Gammons would shut Strasburg down

  • Brian comes out in the first number, looking like a pioneer, carrying a leather shoulder bag and a pickax, singing about the thrill of the American frontier and the great move westward.

    Theater Geek

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