• WordNet 3.6
    • n pruner a long-handled pruning saw with a curved blade at the end and sometimes a clipper; used to prune small trees
    • n pruner a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs "untouched by the pruner's axe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pruner (Zoöl) Any one of several species of beetles whose larvæ gnaw the branches of trees so as to cause them to fall, especially the American oak pruner (Asemum mœstum), whose larva eats the pith of oak branches, and when mature gnaws a circular furrow on the inside nearly to the bark. When the branches fall each contains a pupa.
    • Pruner One who prunes, or removes, what is superfluous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pruner One who prunes, or removes what is superfluous.
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In literature:

When he reached man's estate, he became a tree-pruner at Faverolles.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
The only pruners have been goats, or other animals, daintily cropping the green shoots.
"The Solitary of Juan Fernandez, or The Real Robinson Crusoe" by Joseph Xavier Saintine
The mossing party, it is hardly necessary to mention, should follow the pruners.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
Near by me on the ground lay a ragged limb, cut from some tree by the pruners, now dry, tough and not ill-shaped for a club.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
He is the pruner of our politics.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
On the Dasahra and Diwali festivals they wash and revere their implements, the razor, scissors and nail-pruners.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Just at the spot I reached was the stem of a small tree; one branch alone had escaped the pruner's hatchet.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
The Oak Pruner, Circular 130, Bureau of Entomology.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
A pruning-knife being given him, he was a woodman, and the pruner of the vine.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
At last an ancient wood they gained, By pruner's axe yet unprofaned.
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
Simple as pruning is, the pruner soon learns that it is an art in which perfection is better known in mind than followed in deed.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
There, too, was the mother-in-law of the cocoanut tree pruner.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
Tree-pruners should be used where the shoots are out of hand-reach.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
I prune my trees in June when they are large, so as to let in light and sun; I use a tree pruner; think it pays.
"The Apple" by Various
Rhododendrons are improved by pruning, but the pruner must know something of the varieties and their growth.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
I like to see these affairs patronised; and Pruner takes a good many of our things over.
"By Birth a Lady" by George Manville Fenn
A good tree pruner has to be a bit of an architect.
"The Idyl of Twin Fires" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Often before cutting, pruners slice the bark downward to see where the injury ends.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Nor should it be left unnoticed that M. Pruner-Bey states that this condition is common in Guanche skeletons.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
There were no pruners visible from the car-window now, and the stark stretches of orchard looked bleak and desolate.
"The Rest Hollow Mystery" by Rebecca N. Porter

In poetry:

God is a zealous pruner,
For He knows--
Who, falsely tender, spares the knife
But spoils the rose.
"The Pruner" by John Oxenham
And when, as now, the Fall and its accidents
Drove him from God to human society,
Still Reason, Religion, and Frankness
Stand as the pruners of Freedom's rankness:
"Freedom (In Alcaics.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Master pruner Ed Palmer joined Michael Weishan at the Victory Garden for a demonstration on effective fruit-tree pruning - on one of Michael's own heirloom apple trees.
Dog days are time to unleash the pruners on moribund plants.
Airman Zachary Pruner of Ashland graduated from basic.
Corona's Adjustable Handle Bypass Pruner MSRP: $26.99 for model BP 3350.
Corona's Adjustable Handle Bypass Pruner has a high-carbon steel blade that requires less force when cutting branches up to 1 inch in diameter.
ECHO PPT-265S Power Pruner MSRP: $529.
Use bypass pruners that make a clean cut that closes quickly.
Cut small stems ½ inch diameter or less with hand pruners.
Doris "Dee Dee" Moore swindled money from Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, then fatally shot him and buried his body, prosecutor Jay Pruner said Wednesday during opening statements at Moore's trial.
But how about pruners and prickly bushes.
If you start early and prune annually, rarely will you have to cut any branches too large for hand pruners.
Although the type of pruner can make a gardener's life easier, when to prune is just as important in creating a vibrant, colorful garden.
A bypass pruner or lopper is reserved for cuts that affect the health of the plant.
Roses need to be pruned with a pair of sharp pruners.
With a fiberglass frame and a nonstick blade made of hardened alloy steel, the pruner uses a powerful ratcheting action to cut branches up to ¾ inch thick.