pickup
I. noun Date: 1848 1. one that is picked up: as a. a hitchhiker who is given a ride b. a temporary chance acquaintance c. a player acquired from another team 2. the act or process of picking up: as a. a revival of business activity b. acceleration c. the act or technique of making the acquaintance of a previously unknown person especially for amorous purposes 3. the conversion of mechanical movements into electrical impulses in the reproduction of sound; also a device (as on a phonograph) for making such conversion 4. a. the reception of sound or an image into a radio or television transmitting apparatus for conversion into electrical signals b. a device (as a microphone or a television camera) for converting sound or the image of a scene into electrical signals 5. a light truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgate — called also pickup truck 6. a pickup game <
playing pickup
>
II. adjective Date: 1909 utilizing or comprising local or available personnel especially without formal organization <
a pickup basketball game
>
<
a pickup band
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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