- 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.
- 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.
Origin of pickup
How to use pickup in a sentence
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
We won't find out this season, though it comes up occasionally.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Kickstarter is one start-up platform that seems to have realized the danger.
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Most of the men leaped up, caught hold of spears or knives, and rushed out.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Some weeks after, the creditor chanced to be in Boston, and in walking up Tremont street, encountered his enterprising friend.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
The bride elect rushes up to him, and so they both step down to the foot-lights.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
British Dictionary definitions for pickup
- a stop to collect passengers, goods, etc
- the people or things collected
Other Idioms and Phrases with pickup
Lift, take up by hand, as in Please pick up that book from the floor. [Early 1300s]
Collect or gather, as in First they had to pick up the pieces of broken glass.
Tidy, put in order, as in Let's pick up the bedroom, or I'm always picking up after Pat. [Mid-1800s]
Take on passengers or freight, as in The bus picks up commuters at three stops.
Acquire casually, get without great effort or by accident. For example, I picked up a nice coat at the sale, or She had no trouble picking up French. This usage is even extended to contracting diseases, as in I think I picked up the baby's cold. [Early 1500s]
Claim, as in He picked up his laundry every Friday.
Buy, as in Please pick up some wine at the store on your way home.
pick up the bill or check or tab. Accept a charge in order to pay it, as in They always wait for us to pick up the tab. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Increase speed or rate, as in The plane picked up speed, or The conductor told the strings to pick up the tempo.
Gain, as in They picked up five yards on that pass play.
Take into custody, apprehend, as in The police picked him up for burglary. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Make a casual acquaintance with, especially in anticipation of sexual relations, as in A stranger tried to pick her up at the bus station. [Slang; late 1800s]
Come upon, find, detect, as in The dog picked up the scent, or They picked up two submarines on sonar, or I can't pick up that station on the car radio.
Resume, as in Let's pick up the conversation after lunch.
Improve or cause to improve in condition or activity, as in Sales picked up last fall, or He picked up quickly after he got home from the hospital, or A cup of coffee will pick you up. [1700s]
Gather one's belongings, as in She just picked up and left him.
pick oneself up. Recover from a fall or other mishap, as in Jim picked himself up and stood there waiting. [Mid-1800s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with pick up.