Pick-up
Pickup Pick"up, or Pick-up Pick"-up`, n. [Colloq., Cant, or Slang] 1. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. That which picks up; specif.: (Elec.) same as {Brush} b. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. 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. [PJC]

5. (Automobiles) acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate. [PJC]

6. (Electronics) 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. [PJC]

7. (Electronics) the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device. [PJC]

8. (Vehicles) 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}. [PJC]

9. a hitchhiker who has been picked up. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pick up — {v.} 1. To take up; lift. * /During the morning Mrs. Carter picked up sticks in the yard./ 2. {informal} To pay for someone else. * /After lunch, in the restaurant, Uncle Bob picked up the check./ 3. To take on or away; receive; get. * /At the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick up — {v.} 1. To take up; lift. * /During the morning Mrs. Carter picked up sticks in the yard./ 2. {informal} To pay for someone else. * /After lunch, in the restaurant, Uncle Bob picked up the check./ 3. To take on or away; receive; get. * /At the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Pick-up — auch: Pick|up 〈[ ʌ̣p] m. 6〉 1. Tonabnehmer 2. 〈Kfz〉 Personenkraftwagen, bei dem sich anstelle der Rücksitze eine offene Ladefläche befindet [<engl. pick up „aufnehmen“] * * * Pick up [pɪk |ap , engl.: pɪkʌp ], der; s, s [engl. pick up, zu: to… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • pick-up — ♦♦♦ pick ups also pickup 1) N COUNT A pick up or a pick up truck is a small truck with low sides that can be easily loaded and unloaded. 2) N SING: usu N in n A pick up in trade or in a country s economy is an improvement in it. ...a pick up in… …   English dictionary

  • pick-up — ˈpick up noun 1. [countable usually singular] an improvement or increase in a type of economic activity: pick up in • There are signs of a pick up in high street spending. 2. also pick up truck [countable] especially AmE a small t …   Financial and business terms

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  • Pick-up — [pik |ap, engl. pikʌp] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. pick up zu to pick up »aufnehmen«>: 1. Tonabnehmer für Schallplatten. 2. Aufsammelvorrichtung an landwirtschaftlichen Geräten. 3. kleiner Lieferwagen mit offener Ladefläche;… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • pick up — Golf take hold of and lift up one s ball, especially when conceding a hole. → pick pick up improve or increase. → pick …   English new terms dictionary

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