• WordNet 3.6
    • v peel get undressed "please don't undress in front of everybody!","She strips in front of strangers every night for a living"
    • v peel come off in flakes or thin small pieces "The paint in my house is peeling off"
    • v peel strip the skin off "pare apples"
    • n peel the rind of a fruit or vegetable
    • n Peel British politician (1788-1850)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
    • n Peel pēl A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
    • n Peel A spadelike implement, variously used, as for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven; also, a T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry. Also, the blade of an oar.
    • n Peel The skin or rind; as, the peel of an orange.
    • Peel To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin, bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb; as, the bark peels easily or readily.
    • v. t Peel To plunder; to pillage; to rob. "But govern ill the nations under yoke, Peeling their provinces."
    • Peel To strip naked; to disrobe. Often used with down .
    • Peel To strip off the skin, bark, or rind of; to strip by drawing or tearing off the skin, bark, husks, etc.; to flay; to decorticate; as, to peel an orange. "The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands."
    • Peel To strip or tear off; to remove by stripping, as the skin of an animal, the bark of a tree, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is almost eaten as a cooked vegetable. The Cavendish is the most common variety of bananas now imported to the United States. The Cavendish is a shorter, stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant diseases, insects and windstorms better than its predecessors. The Cavendish fruit is of medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than earlier varieties.
    • peel To strip the skin, bark, or rind from; strip by drawing or tearing off the skin; flay; decorticate; bark: as, to peel a tree; to peel an orange. When, as in the case of an apple, the skin or rind cannot be torn off, but is removed with a cutting instrument, the word pare is commonly used.
    • peel To strip off; remove by stripping.
    • peel Synonyms see pare, v. t
    • peel To lose the skin or rind; be separated or come off in thin flakes or pellicles: as, the orange peels easily; the bark peels off Swift.
    • peel To undress.
    • n peel The skin, bark or rind of anything: as, the peel of an orange.
    • n peel Synonyms Rind, etc. See skin.
    • peel To plunder; devastate; spoil.
    • n peel A kind of wooden shovel with a broad blade and long handle, used by bakers to put bread into or take it out of the oven. In heraldry it is generally represented with one or more cakes of bread upon it, which are mentioned in the blazon.
    • n peel In printing, a wooden pole with a short cross-piece at one end, in the form of the letter , used to convey printed sheets to and from the horizontal poles on which they are dried.
    • n peel The wash or blade of an oar, as distinguished from the loom.
    • n peel A mark resembling a skewer with a large ring (), formerly used in England as a mark for cattle, a signature-mark for persons unable to write, or the like.
    • n peel A fortified tower; a stronghold. The original peel appears to have been a structure of earth combined with timber, strengthened by palisades; but the later peel was a small square tower, with turrets at the angles, and a door considerably raised from the ground. The lower part, where the cattle were kept, was generally vaulted. Such strongholds are frequent on the Scottish borders, and served as dwelling-houses for the chiefs of the smaller septs, as well as for places of defense against sudden marauding expeditons. The peel represented in the cut is said to have the abode of the famous Johnie Armstong. Imp.Dict.
    • n peel An equal; a match: as, they were peels at twelve.
    • peel To be equal or have the same score in a game.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are orange peels and raisins in A-1 Steak Sauce.
    • v.t Peel pēl to strip off the skin or bark: to bare
    • v.i Peel to come off as the skin: to lose the skin:
    • n Peel the skin, rind, or bark:
    • n Peel pēl a small Border fortress
    • Peel Also Peel′-tow′er
    • n Peel pēl a baker's wooden shovel: a fire-shovel.
    • v.t Peel pēl to plunder: to pillage.
    • v.i Peel (slang) to undress
    • n Peel (print.) a wooden pole with short cross-piece for carrying printed sheets to the poles on which they are to be dried: the wash or blade of an oar—not the loom: a mark for cattle, for persons who cannot write, &c
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”
  • Alan W. Watts
    Alan W. Watts
    “Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”


Keep your eyes peeled - If you keep your eyes peeled, you stay alert or watchful.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. peler, to pull out the hair, to strip, to peel, fr. L. pilare, to deprive of hair, fr. pilus, a hair; or perh. partly fr. F. peler, to peel off the skin, perh. fr. L. pellis, skin (cf. Fell skin). Cf. Peruke


In literature:

She wanted that peeling.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Pastoral elements are found in many early entertainments and in the plays of Lyly and Peele.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
Quarrel between Mr. Charles W. Wynn and Mr. Peel.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Then have boild chesnuts peeled and pistaches, and set them by also.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Wash and cut up vegetables, but do not peel.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
This done he inserted the blade under the bark, and peeled it off, as he would have taken the skin from a buffalo.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Grierson is the grandson of one of the sisters of old Bruce Peele, while I am the great-great-grandson of another sister.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
We are witnesses of this marriage, and clashing swords must play the wedding peel.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
Peel and slice 8 large potatoes.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Peel and quarter four large sweet potatoes and four large apples.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous

In poetry:

He thinks I am a Lord Anglais,
Like Rothschild or Sir Robert Peel,
And so he serves me every day
The best of meat and drink in Lille.
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And he went out beside the Peel
Tower, and through Saint Selskar's Gate,
Heading at a hearty rate
Towards the hilltops and the shades.
"Blades" by Padraic Colum
With vegetables added to
The Sheep, we get our mutton stew—
Experiments long since revealed
The Sheep should first be killed and peeled.
"The Sheep" by Ellis Parker Butler
And whan they cam to the fair Dodhead,
Right hastily they clam the peel;
They loosed the kye out, ane and a',
And ranshackled the house right weel.
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
When to bed the world are bobbing,
Then's the time to go orchard robbing;
Yet the fruit were scarce worth peeling
Were it not for stealing, stealing.
"Fairy Song" by Thomas Randolph
From little matters let us pass to less,
And lightly touch the mysteries of dress;
The outward forms the inner man reveal,—­
We guess the pulp before we cut the peel.
"A Rhymed Lesson (Urania)" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

3 cups apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced.
The young couples began to peel off their shirts and simulate sex with the dancers.
Dr Eileen Kitces, founder of Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists, offers state-of-the-art medical and cosmetic procedures, including peels, fillers and laser treatments.
How to Peel and Devein Shrimp.
Watch How to Peel and Devein Shrimp in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
New Whole Peeled and Diced tomato pouch products take Foodservice world by surprise.
Rubber peels, and behind-the-wheel peelers are often peeved with each other.
Peel and core apples, set aside.
12 Ounces Peeled and Deveined Shrimp, Chopped (raw).
4 cups peeled and diced white potatoes (about 2 pounds).
Rinsed 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted, cut into thin slivers about 1 ½ long.
Frank Beamer peeled off his headset with 2:48 remaining, conceding defeat.
2 to 2 + ½ cups peeled and julienned jicama (1 large jicama ).
Ground American Lamb 1 medium small red onion, peeled, finely diced 3 oz.
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 2 inch pieces.

In science:

At each step of the peeling process we reveal a face along this interface.
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
We also discover the color of the vertices in the same time we peel M∗ .
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
Faces visited by the interface correspond to peeling steps except that part of the interface that is contained in the triangulation enclosed by the last jump (in dotted red line on Figure 6).
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
We then peel the leftmost edge ai+1 of the white part and reveal the color of the discovered face.
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
Second, notice that the boundary condition black–white–black is preserved by the peeling of the leftmost “white” edge, and this is valid for ∗ ∈ {(cid:52)1 , (cid:52)2 , (cid:3)} (and indeed for any planar map).
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models