pickaxe


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pickaxe

pick·axe

or pick·ax  (pĭk′ăks′)
n.
A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
v. pick·axed, pick·ax·ing, pick·ax·es
v.intr.
To use a pickaxe.
v.tr.
To use a pickaxe on.

[Middle English picax, alteration (influenced by ax, axe) of picas, from Old French picois (from pic, pick) and from Medieval Latin pīcōsa, both probably from Latin pīcus, woodpecker.]

pickaxe

(ˈpɪkˌæks) or

pickax

n
(Tools) a large pick or mattock
vb
to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
[C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from pic pick2; compare also pique1]

pickaxe


Past participle: pickaxed
Gerund: pickaxing

Imperative
pickaxe
pickaxe
Present
I pickaxe
you pickaxe
he/she/it pickaxes
we pickaxe
you pickaxe
they pickaxe
Preterite
I pickaxed
you pickaxed
he/she/it pickaxed
we pickaxed
you pickaxed
they pickaxed
Present Continuous
I am pickaxing
you are pickaxing
he/she/it is pickaxing
we are pickaxing
you are pickaxing
they are pickaxing
Present Perfect
I have pickaxed
you have pickaxed
he/she/it has pickaxed
we have pickaxed
you have pickaxed
they have pickaxed
Past Continuous
I was pickaxing
you were pickaxing
he/she/it was pickaxing
we were pickaxing
you were pickaxing
they were pickaxing
Past Perfect
I had pickaxed
you had pickaxed
he/she/it had pickaxed
we had pickaxed
you had pickaxed
they had pickaxed
Future
I will pickaxe
you will pickaxe
he/she/it will pickaxe
we will pickaxe
you will pickaxe
they will pickaxe
Future Perfect
I will have pickaxed
you will have pickaxed
he/she/it will have pickaxed
we will have pickaxed
you will have pickaxed
they will have pickaxed
Future Continuous
I will be pickaxing
you will be pickaxing
he/she/it will be pickaxing
we will be pickaxing
you will be pickaxing
they will be pickaxing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pickaxing
you have been pickaxing
he/she/it has been pickaxing
we have been pickaxing
you have been pickaxing
they have been pickaxing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pickaxing
you will have been pickaxing
he/she/it will have been pickaxing
we will have been pickaxing
you will have been pickaxing
they will have been pickaxing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pickaxing
you had been pickaxing
he/she/it had been pickaxing
we had been pickaxing
you had been pickaxing
they had been pickaxing
Conditional
I would pickaxe
you would pickaxe
he/she/it would pickaxe
we would pickaxe
you would pickaxe
they would pickaxe
Past Conditional
I would have pickaxed
you would have pickaxed
he/she/it would have pickaxed
we would have pickaxed
you would have pickaxed
they would have pickaxed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pickaxe - a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both endspickaxe - a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
mattock - a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle
Translations

pickaxe

pickax (US) [ˈpɪkæks] Npico m, piqueta f

pickaxe

[ˈpɪkæks] (British) pickax (US) npioche f

pickaxe

, (US) pickax
nSpitzhacke f, → Picke f

pickaxe

pickax (Am) [ˈpɪkˌæks] npiccone m
References in classic literature ?
But I know all about both; and so far as I am concerned, there isn't money enough in the universe to hire me to swing a pickaxe thirty days, but I will do the hardest kind of intellectual work for just as near nothing as you can cipher it down -- and I will be satisfied, too.
I scratched around amongst the old tools, and got a pickaxe and give it to him, and he took it and went to work, and never said a word.
As when bands Of Pioners with Spade and Pickaxe arm'd Forerun the Royal Camp, to trench a Field, Or cast a Rampart.
We had barely reached it when he joined us himself, carrying a small vessel of water, a pickaxe, and a little bag containing plaster.
By God, senora," said Sancho, "but that doubt comes timely; but your grace may say it out, and speak plainly, or as you like; for I know what you say is true, and if I were wise I should have left my master long ago; but this was my fate, this was my bad luck; I can't help it, I must follow him; we're from the same village, I've eaten his bread, I'm fond of him, I'm grateful, he gave me his ass-colts, and above all I'm faithful; so it's quite impossible for anything to separate us, except the pickaxe and shovel.
Upon a sign from Captain Nemo one of the men advanced; and at some feet from the cross he began to dig a hole with a pickaxe that he took from his belt.
Leave me a small supply of biscuit, a gun, powder, and balls, to kill the kids or defend myself at need, and a pickaxe, that I may build a shelter if you delay in coming back for me.
He drew Proserpina's attention to the rich veins of gold that were to be seen among the rocks, and pointed to several places where one stroke of a pickaxe would loosen a bushel of diamonds.
At the head of the Pont aux Changeurs, behind which one beheld the Seine foaming beneath the wheels of the Pont aux Meuniers, there was the Chalelet, no longer a Roman tower, as under Julian the Apostate, but a feudal tower of the thirteenth century, and of a stone so hard that the pickaxe could not break away so much as the thickness of the fist in a space of three hours; there was the rich square bell tower of Saint- Jacques de la Boucherie, with its angles all frothing with carvings, already admirable, although it was not finished in the fifteenth century.
I wish we were at the first stroke of the pickaxe," said the president.
The doctor and the commandant looked everywhere about them; Gondrin's soldier's coat lay there beside a heap of black mud, and his wheelbarrow, spade, and pickaxe were visible, but there was no sign of the man himself along the various pebbly watercourses, for the wayward mountain streams had hollowed out channels that were almost overgrown with low bushes.
Which sentiment I shall thus give to the English reader: "You provide the noblest materials for building, when a pickaxe and a spade are only necessary: and build houses of five hundred by a hundred feet, forgetting that of six by two.