pruning

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prune \Prune\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pruned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pruning}.] [OE. proine, probably fr. F. provigner to lay down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See {Provine}.]

1. To lop or cut off the superfluous parts, branches, or shoots of; to clear of useless material; to shape or smooth by trimming; to trim: as, to prune trees; to prune an essay. --Thackeray.

Taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed. --Bacon.

Our delightful task To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers. --Milton.

2. To cut off or cut out, as useless parts.

Horace will our superfluous branches prune. --Waller.

3. To preen; to prepare; to dress. --Spenser.

His royal bird Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pruning \Prun"ing\, noun

1. The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.

2. (Falconry) That which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings. --Beau. & Fl.

{Pruning hook}, or {Pruning knife}, cutting instrument used in pruning trees, etc.

{Pruning shears}, shears for pruning trees, vines, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pruning

noun

1: something that has been pruned off of a plant

2: the act of trimming a plant


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