- an improvement, as in health, business conditions, work, production, etc.
- Informal. pick-me-up.
- Informal. a casual, usually unintroduced acquaintance, often one made in hope of a sexual relationship.
- an instance of stopping for or taking aboard passengers or freight, as by a train, ship, taxicab, etc., especially an instance of taking freight or a shipment of goods onto a truck.
- the person, freight, or shipment so taken aboard: The cab driver had a pickup at the airport who wanted to be driven to the docks.
- capacity for rapid acceleration.
- acceleration; increase in speed.
- Also called pickup truck.a small truck with a low-sided open body, used for deliveries and light hauling.
- Baseball. the act of fielding a ball after it hits the ground.
- Also called cartridge. a small device attached to the end of a phonograph tone arm that contains a stylus and the mechanism that translates the movement of the stylus in a record groove into a changing electrical voltage.
- the act of receiving sound waves in the transmitting set in order to change them into electrical waves.
- a receiving or recording device.
- the place from which a broadcast is being transmitted.
- interference(def 4).
- the change of light energy into electrical energy in a television camera.
- camera tube.
- a telecast made directly from the scene of an action.
- a hitchhiker.
- Metalworking. (in the cold-drawing of metal) the adhesion of particles of the metal to the die or plug.
- composed of or employing whatever persons are available on a more or less impromptu basis: a pickup game of baseball; a pickup dance band.
- using whatever ingredients are handy or available: a Sunday night pickup supper.
Origin of pickup
Examples from the Web for pickup
But some of his pickup methods might actually be criminal, according to the state of Nevada.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
He was still working on his pickup technique, and felt there was nothing for him at university.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
He loaded both bodies into the back of his white Toyota pickup truck.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
Byrd was a 49-year-old black man walking home from a party when three white men in a Ford pickup offered him a ride.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
And must I also pickup such worthless luggage in my travels?The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
His father snapped on the screen and pickup of the jeep that was standing nearby.
He saw it again on screen from a pickup atop the central tower.
He swung the jeep to get the crowd in the pickup, explaining who they were.
Barney climbed into the pickup and drove it around to the tractor shed.Make Mine Homogenized
Word Origin and History for pickup
also pick-up, "that which is picked up," 1848; see pick up (v.). As "act of picking up" from 1882. Meaning "capacity for acceleration" is from 1909; that of "recovery" is from 1916. In reference to a game between informal teams chosen on the spot, from 1905 (as an adjective in this sense by 1936).
Meaning "small truck used for light loads," 1937, is shortened from pickup truck (pickup body is attested from 1928). The notion probably being of a vehicle for use to "pick up" (feed, lumber, etc.) and deliver it where it was needed.