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Definition: To pick a bone with
(p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked
pr. & vb. n. Picking
.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck;
akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G.
picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck
, v., Pike
1. To throw; to pitch. [Obs.]
As high as I could pick my lance. --Shak.
2. 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.
3. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points;
as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
4. To open (a lock) as by a wire.
5. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to
pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the
stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc.
6. To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with
the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to
pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.
Did you pick Master Slender's purse? --Shak.
He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems
With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. --Cowper.
7. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable;
to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; --
often with out. “One man picked out of ten thousand.”
8. To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to
collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; -- often
with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up
9. To trim. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To pick at
, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance.
To pick a bone with
. See under Bone
To pick a thank
, to curry favor. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's
To pick off
(a) To pluck; to remove by picking.
(b) To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters
pick off the enemy.
To pick out
(a) To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark
stuff with lines or spots of bright colors.
(b) To select from a number or quantity.
To pick to pieces
, to pull apart piece by piece; hence
[Colloq.], to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail.
To pick a quarrel
, to give occasion of quarrel
To pick up
(a) To take up, as with the fingers.
(b) To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there;
as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.
(b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to
Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf.
Icel. beinn straight.]
1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of
vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcium
carbonate, calcium phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and
Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute
cavities containing living matter and connected by
minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals
through which blood vessels ramify.
2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a
rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any
fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of
3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.
4. pl. Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers
and struck together to make a kind of music.
5. pl. Dice.
6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a
7. Fig.: The framework of anything.
A bone of contention
, a subject of contention or dispute.
A bone to pick
, something to investigate, or to busy one's
self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).
, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for
making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.
(Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into
which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels;
-- called also animal charcoal
. It is used as a
decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc.,
and as a black pigment. See Ivory black
, under Black
, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or
recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones
of man. --Am. Cyc.
, ground or pulverized bones, used as a
(Chem.), the earthy residuum after the
calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of
, a lace made of linen thread, so called because
woven with bobbins of bone.
, an oil obtained by, heating bones (as in the
manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing
the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their
derivatives; -- also called Dippel's oil
. Same as Bonesetter
. See in the Vocabulary.
(Zo["o]l.), the basking shark.
. See under Spavin
, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue
color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.
(Zo["o]l.), a right whale.
To be upon the bones of
, to attack. [Obs.]
To make no bones
, to make no scruple; not to hesitate.
To pick a bone with
, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over
a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.]