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Definitions of pare

  1. cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. decrease gradually or bit by bit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. remove the edges from; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. strip the skin off; "pare apples" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; - followed by off or away; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To cut or shave off the outside or ends of; as, to pare an apple; to cut away little by little; reduce. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To cut or shave off: to diminish by littles. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To shave off; cut away the surface of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To cut or shave off a covering skin or peel of; diminish by taking away a little at a time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Parer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To cut or shave off; to diminish by little and little. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To slice or shave off from the surface; to diminish by little and little; to trim. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. p[=a]r, v.t. to cut or shave off: to trim, or to remove by cutting: to diminish by littles.--n. P[=A]R'ER, one who, or that which, pares. [Fr. parer--L. par[=a]re, to prepare.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Trim (thing) by cutting away irregular parts &c.; cut away skin, rind, &c. of (fruit &c.); p. (nails &c.) to the quick (so deep as to reach sensitive parts); (fig.) diminish little by little (often away, down): shave, cut, off, away, (edges &c.). Hence parer (2), paring (1,2), nn. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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