pare

[p_ˈeə], [pˈe͡ə], [pˈe‍ə]

Definitions of pare:

  1.   To cut or shave off: to diminish by littles. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   To shave off; cut away the surface of. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   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.
  4.   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.
  5.   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.

Quotes for pare:

  1. Rewriting is a large part of the whole job. And get rid of stuff that's not working. Just pare it down until it's a beautiful thing you can hand in, probably late, to your editor. – Kurt Loder
  2. It was nice, though, to have the long term benefit to be able to pare away those things and eventually make the character my own and put my own unique stamp. – Michael Shanks
  3. I have learned to pare down what I do and still be effective and strong in a role. – Mira Sorvino

Usage examples for pare:

  1. “ I do know a few Shetlanders that could pare the skin off thy teeth, but we Orcadeans are simple honest folk that just live, and let live." ” – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. The Italians pare their oranges as we do apples; but I like best to open them first, and see the yellow meat in the white casket. ” – Saunterings by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  3. Adam is concerned to put the very best face on the matter, and he does not say, " the woman whom thou gavest to train up the vines, to pare the apples, to stone the raisins, to gather the currants, to press the grapes, to preserve the peaches," or for any other purposes of an Eden household. ” – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  4. Another way is, to pare and quarter four large apples, boil them tender, with the rind of a lemon, in so little water that it may be exhausted in the boiling. ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  5. Pare down the cold beef into thin shreds, season with pepper and salt, and mix it with the batter. ” – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  6. Pare off the skin; cut them into slices; dust with salt and pepper. ” – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  7. Austin was peeling an apple, intent on seeing how long a strip he could pare off without breaking it. ” – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  8. Pare the injured claw as short as it will bear. ” – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  9. That evening Morag said, " To- morrow I must pre- pare for my journey to the Queen of Senlabor. ” – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  10. Give the President the same authority that 43 Governors use in their States: the right to reach into massive appropriation bills, pare away the waste, and enforce budget discipline. ” – State of the Union Addresses of Ronald Reagan by Ronald Reagan

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