• WordNet 3.6
    • n pruning the act of trimming a plant
    • n pruning something that has been pruned off of a plant
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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.
    • Pruning (Falconry) That which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings.
    • Pruning The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.
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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 pruning The act of trimming or lopping off what is superfluous; specifically, the act of cutting off branches or parts of trees and shrubs with a view to the strengthening of those that remain, or to the bringing of the tree or plant into a desired shape. Root-pruning is also practised with a spade or otherwise in order to control size, promote fruit-fulness, or secure a growth of fibrous roots near the stem prior to transplanting. Compare lopping, 1, and pollard, 1.
    • n pruning In falconry, what is cast off by a bird when it prunes itself; hence, refuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pruning the act of pruning or trimming
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Older form proin, prob. from Fr. provigner, provin, a shoot—L. propago, -inis.


In literature:

You might prefer a baked apple or two tomatoes, or a dish of prunes, or 3 oz.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
Trees clipped and pruned, and gravel walks; seductions.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
I am going to prune a favorite rose tree that is growing wild.
"The Tragedy of the Chain Pier" by Charlotte M. Braeme
He should also prune off decayed or dead branches.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Much of the southern part of the county is devoted to fruit-raising, prunes being a very prominent factor in the county's output.
"A Review of the Resources and Industries of the State of Washington, 1909" by Ithamar Howell
Wonders can be done by this system of pruning.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 9, 1917" by Various
With brother Yves, and little Oyouki (the daughter of Madame Prune, my landlady,) he makes up our incongruous party.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
Drain prunes and mash to a pulp.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
We have flowers on the table, and the cooking is better, though we still have prunes.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
Like all poplars it is short lived and will stand pruning well.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison

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
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
And when she prunes her wings for flight,
And flutters nimbly from my sight,
Contented I resign
Whate'er she gave; thy love alone
I can securely call my own,
Happy while that is mine.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
If thou'rt a vine-dresser, thy vineyard till,
And from the plants prune ev'ry useless shoot,
Their roots, their trunks, their branches, dress with skill,
Lest they shou'd all be fell'd, for want of fruit.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
Unflesh thee, sword! No more, no more,
Thy steel no more shall sting and shine,
Pass thro' the fusing fires again;
And learn to prune the laughing vine.
Fall sword, dread lord, with one accord,
The plough and hook we'll own as lord!
"The Sword" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
So when I turn my thoughts from those who shared my dawn of day,
My fresh and joyous morning prune, and now are passed away,
I can see just how sweet all is, how good, and be resigned
To sit thus in the afternoon, alone and left behind.
"Left Behind" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

But once they hit the road, they found more trees needed to pruning to protect Endeavour 's exterior, hence the delay.
A man is busy at work pruning Christmas trees.
Creative Destruction and the Pruning Shears.
Tie, pruning shears, unrequited feelings .
Fer­til­iz­ing peren­ni­als in the fall instead of spring is ideal because it can be in tan­dem with prun­ing.
Add prunes and figs , bring to a simmer, cover and cook about 35 to 40 minutes, until figs are tender and liquid is completely reduced to dry.
Earlier pruning might remove them.
Actually, he dodged pruning shears.
2) To serve as a pruning gauge in the Solaxe training system.
Prune juice products packaging new.
After our colder winter months it is time to start thinking about pruning the shrubs in the yard to remove any cold damage or just to renovate, reduce size and prepare them for the summer growing season .
The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, pruning, and tree training.
A Car Hoard , Pruned to a Collection, Gets a Fitting Home.
Frequent pruning could cause lack of flowers on wax jasmine .
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar (save 1/2 cup for prune filling).

In science:

By storing score upper-bounds, top-k pruning algorithms can still be used.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
We prove that it is polynomial in the size of the generating set to eliminate all symmetric solutions, but NP-hard to prune all symmetric values.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
Second, we address the tractability of pruning all generator symmetric values.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
However, we show that pruning all generator symmetric values in such a model is NP-hard.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
Pruning generator symmetric values We now consider a common type of symmetry where breaking just the symmetries in a generating set has proven to be very effective in practice.
Breaking Generator Symmetry