noun, plural pick·ax·es.
verb (used with object), pick·axed, pick·ax·ing.
verb (used without object), pick·axed, pick·ax·ing.
- pickaback plane,
- pickaback plant,
- picked over,
Origin of pickax
Examples from the Web for pickaxe
An artist in New Mexico has spent decades chiseling out fantastical caves from the mountains, one pickaxe swing at a time.
She was coming along in the dull glow of the dying fire, the pickaxe over her shoulder.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
Curdie drew his pickaxe carefully away, and as he did so, spied one of her feet, projecting from under the skins.The Princess and the Goblin|George MacDonald
Over his shoulder he carries a pickaxe as the representative implement of husbandry with one or two wheaten cakes tied to it.
Word Origin for pickaxe
also pick-axe, early 15c., folk etymology alteration (by influence of axe) of Middle English picas (mid-13c.), via Anglo-French piceis, Old French pocois (11c.) and directly from Medieval Latin picosa "pick," related to Latin picus "woodpecker" (see pie (n.2)).