• WordNet 3.6
    • v prune weed out unwanted or unnecessary things "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
    • v prune cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the plants in the garden"
    • n prune dried plum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee trees are evergreen and grow to heights above 15 feet but are normally pruned to around 8 feet in order to facilitate harvesting.
    • n Prune A plum; esp., a dried plum, used in cookery; as, French or Turkish prunes; California prunes.
    • Prune To cut off or cut out, as useless parts. "Horace will our superfluous branches prune ."
    • v. i Prune To dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt.
    • Prune To lop or cut off the superfluous parts, branches, or shoots of; to clear of useless material; to shape or smooth by trimming; to trim: as, to prune trees; to prune an essay. "Taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed.""Our delightful task
      To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers."
    • Prune To preen; to prepare; to dress. "His royal bird Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Agen plum which would become the basis of the US prune industry was first planted in California in 1856.
    • n prune A plum; in recent usage (especially in the western United States), a plum-suitable to be dried as a prune.
    • n prune The dried fruit of one of several varieties of the common plum-tree. The most highly reputed prunes are produced in the valley of the Loire, from the St. Julien and other varieties of plum, the very finest being known as French plums. there is a large and increasing production of prunes in California. the variety of plum chiefly grown for that purpose being identical or nearly so with that employed in France, while the myrobalan variety is the accepted grafting stock. Prunes are produced also in Spain and Portugal. German prunes are largely produced, though of second quality. Bosnia and Servia export large quantities. Prunes are stewed as a sauce, or otherwise prepared, and are valued for their nutritious, demulcent, and laxative properties.
    • prune To lop superfluous twigs or branches from (a vine, bush, or tree); trim with a knife.
    • prune To lop off as superfluous or injurious; remove by cutting.
    • prune To clear from anything superfluous: remove what is superfluous or objectionable from.
    • prune To dress or trim, as birds their feathers; preen: also used figuratively.
    • prune To lop off superfluous twigs or branches, as from a vine, bush, or tree.
    • prune To arrange or dress the feathers with the bill: said of birds, and also used figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prune prōōn to trim by lopping off superfluous parts: to divest of anything superfluous: to arrange or dress feathers, as birds do
    • n Prune prōōn a plum, esp. a dried plum
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.”
  • John Trapp
    John Trapp
    “Better to be pruned to grow than cut up to burn.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don't get it, prune.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. proine, probably fr. F. provigner, to lay down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See Provine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. prunum—Gr. prounon.


In literature:

Here and there were men to offer biscuits and handfuls of prunes.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
You will please remember that in pruning the walnut we are not pruning for color as with other fruits.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
There were some real prunes among the things the children were playing store with, and Bunny wrapped a few of these in a paper.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
The prune, a variety of dried plum, has been recommended as a remedy against viciousness and irritability.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
It seemed that he had a mania for prunes, and that's all he permitted anybody to have for dinner.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
To prune or graft them?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Jean had set the table with tin plates and cups and a goodly portion of prunes was on each plate.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
The sprouts were pruned back to 12 inches.
"Walnut Growing in Oregon" by Various
They should not be pruned back in the fall, as this invites winter killing of the uppermost buds.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
There be yet that condemn the pruning of this poplar, as hindring their growth.
"Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Evelyn

In poetry:

Many a hope has faded
And sunk in deepest despair,
Through lack of careful pruning
That fruitage it might bear.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
And still He trains the branch of good
Where the high blossoms be,
And wieldeth still the shears of ill
To prune and prune His tree.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Yet, a tree, He feeds my root;
Yet, a branch, He prunes for fruit;
Yet, a sheep, these eves and morns,
He seeks for me among the thorns.
"The Offering Of The New Law, The One Oblation Once Offered" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.
"The Last Leaf" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The fresh-pruned vine-stems, curving, bend
Over the peaceful wheaten spears,
And with the glittering sunshine blend
Their transitory April tears.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Awhile I'll weave the roofs of jasmine bowers,
And urge with trivial cares the loitering year;
Awhile I'll prune my grove, protect my flowers,
Then, unlamented, press an early bier!
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone

In news:

Pruning Advice for Your Shrubs and Trees.
When to prune shrubs and trees depends on the time of year and temperature outdoors.
That's right, we are pruning and pulling out the laurel.
Pruning may help regenerate a woody lavender plant.
Helpful tips, info about pruning shrubs, trees.
Not to say that those of you who truly enjoy mowing and pruning aren't gardening.
Sunsweet's Ones of a kind prunes.
Hemp Hill orchard on Saratoga Avenue was a local prune and apricot orchard .
We were just looking to get our toenails pruned.
'The Perennial Plate' feeds Prune loyalists.
Prunes, toast and silly string are forbidden.
For many, spending time in a garden pruning, watering, and planting can be a serene and pleasing experience.
Mow, edge, prune, fertilize & maintain landscapes.
3 minutes Winter in Orchard Pruning.
When pruning shrubs,first prune out any dead or damaged branches.

In science:

Spurious connections were pruned by heuristics.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Pruning all nodes and links not connected to the GC gives the final graph size N .
Localization Transition of Biased Random Walks on Random Networks
We cal l the associated subgraph Γx of the projection the pruning associated to the Kauffman state.
Floer homology and singular knots
Thus, two Kauffman states are equivalent if and only if they induce the same pruning.
Floer homology and singular knots
The pruning associated to a Kauffman state for a planar singular knot is a connected graph.
Floer homology and singular knots