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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 ?
The sailors ran the ship into a creek, where ten slaves landed, carrying spades and pickaxes.
They therefore made haste to reach the spot, and did so by the time those who came had laid the bier upon the ground, and four of them with sharp pickaxes were digging a grave by the side of a hard rock.
About ten men mounted the sides of the Nautilus, armed with pickaxes to break the ice around the vessel, which was soon free.
The wind blew sharply from all parts of the compass, and the snow lay in such hard heaps that we had to break it with blows of a pickaxe.
Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent, the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades and pickaxes.
said Athos, "it was hardly worth while to distribute ourselves for twenty fellows armed with pickaxes, mattocks, and shovels.
And the new king, with his five faithful followers at his heels, shouldering their pickaxes and marching in a rank (for they still had a soldier-like sort of behavior, as their nature was), ascended the palace steps.
Pickaxes and boring irons were set to work without intermission.
As to the pickaxes and different tools which were Nicholl's especial choice; as to the sacks of different kinds of grain and shrubs which Michel Ardan hoped to transplant into Selenite ground, they were stowed away in the upper part of the projectile.
No answer being returned to this repeated summons, and the detachment who had been sent away, coming back with an accession of pickaxes, spades, and hoes, they,--together with those who had such arms already, or carried (as many did) axes, poles, and crowbars,-- struggled into the foremost rank, ready to beset the doors and windows.
Rescuers using backhoes, shovels and pickaxes attacked the massive wall of earth and mud where as many as 350 people were believed to be missing.
Residents equipped with pickaxes and shovels were trying to recover the bodies, the radio station said.