Pickax Pick"ax`, Pickaxe Pick"axe` (p[i^]k"[a^]ks`), n. [A corruption of OE. pikois, pikeis, F. picois, fr. pic. See {Pick}, 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. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • pickax — or pickaxe [pik′aks΄] n. [altered (infl. by AX1) < ME pikois < OFr picquois, pickax < pic,PIKE2] a pick with a point at one end of the head and a chisel like edge at the other vt., vi. pickaxed, pickaxing to use a pickax (on) …   English World dictionary

  • pickax — /pik aks /, n., pl. pickaxes, v., pickaxed, pickaxing. n. 1. a pick, esp. a mattock. v.t. 2. to cut or clear away with a pickax. v.i. 3. to use a pickax. Also, pickaxe. [1275 1325; PICK2 + AX; r. ME picois < MF, OF; akin to F pic PICK2. See… …   Universalium

  • pickax — pick•ax or pick•axe [[t]ˈpɪkˌæks[/t]] n. pl. ax•es, 1) bui pick II, 1) 2) bui to use a pickax on • Etymology: 1275–1325; alter., by folk etym., of ME picois < MF, OF; akin to F pic pick II …   From formal English to slang

  • pickax — noun Etymology: Middle English pecaxe, alteration of pikois, from Anglo French picois, from pic pick, from Latin picus woodpecker more at pie Date: 15th century pick III,1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pickax — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. mattock, pick, ax; see tool 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • pickax — pick|ax [ pık,æks ] noun count a tool used for breaking roads and other hard surfaces. It has a long handle and a heavy curved blade that has one pointed end and one flat end: PICK …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pickax — n. hoe, mattock, tool for spreading soil; small hammer, pick, tool for breaking up soil …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pickax — pick·ax …   English syllables

  • pickax — UK [ˈpɪkˌæks] / US pickaxe …   English dictionary

  • pickax — noun 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 • Syn: ↑pick, ↑pickaxe • Derivationally related forms: ↑pick (for: ↑pick) …   Useful english dictionary

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