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a. The act or process of picking up: the pickup and delivery of farm produce.
b. Sports The act of striking or fielding a ball after it has touched the ground: a good pickup and throw from third base.
c. Capacity for acceleration: a sports car with good pickup.
d. Informal An improvement in condition or activity: a pickup in sales.
e. Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
2. One that is picked up, especially:
a. Passengers or freight: Taxi drivers expect good tips from airport pickups.
b. Informal A hitchhiker.
c. Slang A stranger with whom casual acquaintance is made, usually in anticipation of sexual relations.
3. Accounting A balance brought forward.
4. Previous journalistic copy to which succeeding copy is added.
5. Music See upbeat.
6. One that picks up, especially:
a. A pickup truck.
b. The rotary rake on a piece of machinery, such as a harvester, that picks up windrowed hay or straw.
7. Electronics
a. A transducer that converts vibrations, as of a phonograph needle or guitar string, into electrical impulses for subsequent conversion into sound.
b. The tone arm of a record player.
a. The reception of light or sound waves for conversion to electrical impulses.
b. The apparatus used for such reception.
c. A telecast originating outside a studio.
d. The apparatus for transmitting a broadcast from an outside place to the broadcasting station.
Being, relating to, or involving a group of people assembled informally for a temporary purpose: a pickup orchestra; a pickup baseball game.



1. an improvement, as in health, business conditions, production, etc.
2. a casual acquaintance, as one offering hope of a sexual encounter.
3. an instance of taking aboard passengers or freight.
4. the passengers or freight taken aboard.
5. acceleration, or the capacity for acceleration.
6. Also called pick′up truck`. a small truck with a low-sided open body, used for deliveries and light hauling.
7. a device at the end of the tone arm of a phonograph that translates the movement of the stylus into a changing electrical voltage; cartridge.
a. the reception of sound waves in a radio transmitter for conversion into electrical waves.
b. a receiving or recording device.
9. composed of or using whatever persons, ingredients, etc., are available: a pickup dance band; a pickup supper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pickup - a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboardpickup - a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
technical - a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
motortruck, truck - an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
2.pickup - a warrant to take someone into custody; "put out a pickup on that man"
arrest warrant, bench warrant - a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to apprehend an offender and bring that person to court
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
3.pickup - anything with restorative powers; "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her"
corrective, restorative - a device for treating injury or disease
4.pickup - a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
acquaintance, friend - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
5.pickup - the attribute of being capable of rapid accelerationpickup - the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration; "his car has a lot of pickup"
acceleration - an increase in rate of change; "modern science caused an acceleration of cultural change"
6.pickup - mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridgepickup - mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
phonograph, record player - machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
7.pickup - an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
crystal pickup - a cartridge in which an output voltage is produced by the vibration of a piezoelectric crystal
electro-acoustic transducer - a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa
phonograph, record player - machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
stylus - a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player
8.pickup - the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places; "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"
assembling, collecting, aggregation, collection - the act of gathering something together
garbage collection, garbage pickup, trash collection, trash pickup - the collection and removal of garbage
9.pickup - the act of taking aboard passengers or freight
acquiring, getting - the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving"
transfer, transferral, transportation, conveyance, transport - the act of moving something from one location to another


Slang. A seizing and holding by law:
Slang: bust, collar, pinch.
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