pickup

[pik-uhp]
noun
1.
an improvement, as in health, business conditions, work, production, etc.
2.
Informal. pick-me-up.
3.
Informal. a casual, usually unintroduced acquaintance, often one made in hope of a sexual relationship.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
Automotive.
a.
capacity for rapid acceleration.
b.
acceleration; increase in speed.
c.
Also called pickup truck. a small truck with a low-sided open body, used for deliveries and light hauling.
7.
Baseball. the act of fielding a ball after it hits the ground.
8.
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.
9.
Radio.
a.
the act of receiving sound waves in the transmitting set in order to change them into electrical waves.
b.
a receiving or recording device.
c.
the place from which a broadcast is being transmitted.
d.
interference ( def 4 ).
10.
Television.
a.
the change of light energy into electrical energy in a television camera.
c.
a telecast made directly from the scene of an action.
11.
a hitchhiker.
12.
Metalworking. (in the cold-drawing of metal) the adhesion of particles of the metal to the die or plug.
adjective
13.
composed of or employing whatever persons are available on a more or less impromptu basis: a pickup game of baseball; a pickup dance band.
14.
using whatever ingredients are handy or available: a Sunday night pickup supper.

Origin:
1855–60; noun use of verb phrase pick up

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Word Origin & History

pickup
"small truck used for light loads," 1932, from pick (v.) + up, the notion probably being for use to "pick up" (feed, lumber, etc.) and deliver it where it was needed. As an adj. meaning "temporary, ad hoc" (of a game, band, etc.) the word is recorded from 1936.
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Slang Dictionary

pickup definition


  1. n.
    something eaten or drunk to boost energy; a pick-me-up. : Bartender, I need a little pickup.
  2. n.
    a sudden increase in something, such as speed or tempo in music. : There will be a pickup in sales during the Christmas season.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The mere words give parents the jitters, which is partly why the college pickup
  culture has received so much attention.
It is much the same as the kids getting together to play a pickup game of
  basketball.
Colleges face a challenge to masculinity that bulging muscles, rumbling voices,
  and jacked-up pickup trucks won't remedy.
We disembark, climb into a pickup truck and bump through scrubby pastureland.
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