pare

Definitions

  • Paring-Chisel.  Framing-Chisel.  Mortise-Chisel
    Paring-Chisel. Framing-Chisel. Mortise-Chisel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pare decrease gradually or bit by bit
    • v pare remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size "pare one's fingernails","trim the photograph","trim lumber"
    • v pare strip the skin off "pare apples"
    • v pare cut small bits or pare shavings from "whittle a piece of wood"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Paring with a Chisel Paring with a Chisel
Paring a Corner Round Paring a Corner Round

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pare Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen. "The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy."
    • Pare To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.
    • Pare To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, rind, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away redundancies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pare To trim by cutting or shaving off thin slices or flakes from the surface or the extremities: as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof, or one's nails; to pare old or worn-out grass-land.
    • pare To reduce by cutting away superficial parts; diminish by little and little; cut down.
    • pare To remove by or as by cutting, clipping, or shaving: with off or away: as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away redundancies.
    • pare Synonyms Pare, Peel, Shave off. To pare is to remove the surface only with a knife or similar instrument; to peel is to pull off the skin or rind. “That is peeled which is deprived of a natural layer or integument spread over it.” (C. J. Smith, Synonyms Discriminated, p. 603.) The figurative uses of these two words are limited. Shave or shave off still seems figurative when not implying the use of a razor, and is controlled in its meaning by that original sense; hence it is always limited to dressing off the surface.
    • n pare An obsolete form of. pair.
    • n pare Among the Maoris of New Zealand, the carved ornament or ornamentation about a door.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pare pār to cut or shave off: to trim, or to remove by cutting: to diminish by littles
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Quotations

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    “Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. parer, to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry, ward off, fr. L. parare, to prepare. Cf. Empire Parade Pardon Parry Prepare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. parer—L. parāre, to prepare.

Usage

In literature:

We proved all that when we pared them down a bit.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Then the blacksmith took a chisel and began to pare away at the horny hoof.
"The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The fact is, I pared away from my creed everything that was not plainly Scriptural.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
I cut off one of the roses, and began to pare off the thorns with my knife, when she angrily stamped her little foot on the grass.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
He began noticing that she carefully dumped his fingernail parings into a small jar.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
Verkan Vall took the wafer and pared off three of the four edges, which showed black where they had been fused.
"Last Enemy" by Henry Beam Piper
She jumped and dropped a paring knife.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Throw a whole apple-paring on the floor, after swinging it three times around your head.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Then you can pare the apples, while I make the crust.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
While we cooked and scrubbed and pared potatoes, men from the lines played for us.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
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In poetry:

The sap of the birch-tree
Is in his pelt,
The maple, the red-bud
Are his nails and parings.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
"He who would taste of true felicity,"
Quoth Martial, "let his friends his equals be;"
"Pares Amici;" which Servilio hears,
And inly renders, "let your friends be Peers."
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon
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
I'm sick to death of money, of the lack of it, that is,
And of practising perpetually small economies;
Of paring off a penny here, another penny there,
Of the planning and the worrying, the everlasting care.
"Expenses" by Gamaliel Bradford
Tho' Artemisia talks, by fits, Of councils, classics, fathers, wits;
Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and Locke;
Yet in some things methinks she fails,
'Twere well if she would pare her nails,
And wear a cleaner smock.
"In Imitation of E. of Dorset : Artemisia" by Alexander Pope
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:

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Jessica Paré Jessica Pare .
'Mad Men' Star Jessica Pare on Stealing Don Draper's Heart.
Merge cost pare NBT earnings.
Merge costs pare NBT earnings.
Tim Hortons to pare back in New England.
Jessica Pare talks about Megan's "Zou Bisou Bisou" performance on "Mad Men" Season 5 premiere.
Pare down the wedding guest list.
Pare down the wedding guest list (MS).
Puts Off Plan to Pare Nursing Home Inspections.
Hyundai to Pare Contenders' List.
We'll help you pare back the praise -- and give it more meaning.
For the second time in less than 18 months, the Williston City Council will be paring down an applicant list from which a new city manager will be hired.
Pare down the basics.
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In science:

It consisted of specific form of intramolecular Hamiltonian which mixed only a pare of states belonging to various spin modifications.
Prototype model for nuclear spin conversion in molecules: The case of "hydrogen"
To remove background that results from a high-momentum track paring with a random low-momentum track to form a D candidate, we apply a momentumdependent cut is applied that removes highly asymmetrical K π pairs.
New FOCUS results on charm mixing and CP violation
We shall demonstrate that at zero temperature the magnetic field or the angular velocity attenuate the paring in a step-wise manner until it disappears completely above a critical value.
Temperature-induced pair correlations in clusters and nuclei
The above pairing can be extended to the one on F † × F by assuming that the paring is zero on F † (p) × F (p′ ) if p 6= p′ .
Geometric construction of modular functors from Conformal Field Theory
Many nuclei undergo these processes: the paring force makes the even-even nuclei, which have an even number both of protons and neutrons, more stable than odd-odd nuclei, with broken pairs.
Recent advances in neutrinoless double beta decay search
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