pare down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pare down decrease gradually or bit by bit
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Usage

In literature:

Ever and anon one must pare down a phrase or word in translating an ancient author.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
The skin of the soles of the feet of some animals requires paring down.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
During the latter part of the 18th century it became customary to pare down calf until it was as thin as paper.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
The paring down of the fresh wood to the level of the surrounding parts has now to be very carefully done.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
Then the buffalo skin was pared down and packed and a dozen porters were sent back to Makupa with the specimens.
"The Blind Lion of the Congo" by Elliott Whitney
But I know how she'd take any paring down of what is requisite.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
Madden isn't always butting in and paring down expenses, like Collier.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
They pare down the wretched souls to what is below gaol allowance.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
Dorry says he don't doubt they make it out of apple-parings down in Jersey.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
The description in "Childe Harold" is spirited, but has been pared down to accommodate itself to the exigencies of rhyme.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
War had destroyed all glamour and pared the design down to its skeleton.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
Here it is pared down to the very quick.
"The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon" by Alexander Maclaren
With the knife, pare down each side so as to leave a 1/2-in.
"Hand-Craft" by John D. Sutcliffe
In such cases the paring down of the skin is likely to injure its strength.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
She found Mrs. Hickox sitting on a bench under a tree paring apples, and Fairy sat down beside her.
"The Dorrance Domain" by Carolyn Wells
All half and full leather bound books have the corners of the boards next to the head pared down.
"Practical Bookbinding" by Paul Adam
Of course you can not pare down the skin of the head and feet with the draw-shave, and these must be treated with the knife and scraper.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
So that, tried by a geographical test, the argument may be pared down even yet lower than it has been by the speaker himself.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
Pendarvon had Archie once or twice upon the hip, paring down his winnings.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
Then pare them, and grate them down into a deep dish.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
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In poetry:

Victorious over legions of gold and red.
……The smokey souls of stones,
……Blunt pencillings of lead,
Pare down the world to glintless monotones
"Curriculum Vitae" by Anthony Hecht
The orthopedic man declared,
"You'll be down for a year." His scoop. His news.
He opened the skin. He scraped. He pared
and drilled through bone for his four-inch screws.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
Lost luster under her footsoles.
The long wind, paring her person down
To a pinch of flame, blew its burdened whistle
In the whorl of her ear, and like a scooped-out pumpkin crown
Her head cupped the babel.
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath
The squalor of our own frost-bitten forefathers. I will praise the
Greeks for having pared down the shame of three vices
Natural to man and no other animal, cruelty and filth and superstition,
grained in man's making.
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Chuck Hagel, the SecDef Candidate Who Wants a Pared-Down Pentagon.
Chuck Hagel, the SecDef Candidate Who Wants a Pared-Down Pentagon.
Hu Jintao is stepping down this week as the Communist Party's general secretary -- the primus inter pares in the party politburo, China's elite decision-making body.
Emotions can swell as seniors pare down.
THE multibillion-dollar trading loss at JPMorgan Chase has revived the idea of paring down banks that are too big to manage.
State lawmakers likely to pare down commissioners' legislative requests.
Bright and bold is the theme of this year's pared-down shoe designs.
Conan O'Brien has one, and it's as impressively pared down as the original commercial.
There are other ways to pare down those large restaurant portions : Order an appetizer with a side salad.
Paring down your portions is the easiest secret to staying slim.
The Arizona Commerce Authority's salary and benefits for its new CEO pared down some of the more contentious parts of her predecessor 's contract.
At some schools, recess --long seen as a way for children to develop social competence, recharge after long lessons, and resist obesity—is being rethought and pared down.
Best New Products 2012 VR editors pared the list down, but natural retailers made the final decision on this year's outstanding product introductions.
Damaged in Transit is in essence a pared-down version of bassist Steve Swallow 's quintet that appeared on Always Pack Your Uniform On Top (Watt/ECM) from 2000.
Do a loose edit of the images created from the assignment, paring the total shoot down to the best 2-3 images from each situation photographed.
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In science:

In many cases description of solute molecules as the point ob jects is too pared-down .
Dimer percolation and jamming on simple cubic lattice
Selecting Final Sgr Candidates We now discuss how we pared down the samples of Sgr candidates from the initial broad RV and proper motion selections in each field to the final, more securely-identified samples used for analysis.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Data selection process We needed some sort of selection process that could pare down our 150-hour data set to a collection appropriate for a close, careful analysis. The first author was present during 95% of the tapings themselves and took detailed notes of the students’ activity.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
At this early point in the pare-down process, “best” simply meant the debates and arguments that most likely had a lot of material available for possible analysis.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
Despite being so pared-down, the de finition of strong in ference is still sufficient to exhibit some non-trivial behavior.
Physical limits of inference
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