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Definitions of paring

  1. The act of cutting off the surface or extremites of anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel; "she could peel an apple with a single long paring" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. That which is pared off. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which is pared off: rind: the cutting off the surface of grass land for tillage. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The cutting off of a surface or edge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The portion pared off; as, apple parings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Any worthless scrap. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. That which is pared off; rind; cutting off, or what is cut off, the surface of grass land for tillage. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for paring

  1. Why should she submit to parsimonious skimping and cheese- paring to living with only one servant when several other women had two, to all the little shifts and meannesses poor Harry had declared to be necessary? – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King
  2. There should be no paring of the cut, as this will make an irregular or wavy surface and prevent the cuttings coming together closely in all parts. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
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