American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The skin or rind of certain fruits and vegetables.
- n. A chemical peel.
- v. To strip or cut away the skin, rind, or bark from; pare.
- v. To strip away; pull off: peeled the label from the jar.
- v. To lose or shed skin, bark, or other covering.
- v. To come off in thin strips or pieces, as bark, skin, or paint: Her sunburned skin began to peel.
- v. Slang To remove one's clothes; undress.
- peel off To leave flight formation in order to land or make a dive. Used of an aircraft.
- peel off To leave or depart.
- n. A long-handled, shovellike tool used by bakers to move bread or pastries into and out of an oven.
- n. Printing A T-shaped pole used for hanging up freshly printed sheets of paper to dry.
- n. A fortified house or tower of a kind constructed in the borderland of Scotland and England in the 16th century.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To strip off; remove by stripping.
- Synonyms see pare, v. t
- 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.
- To undress.
- n. The skin, bark or rind of anything: as, the peel of an orange.
- n. Synonyms Rind, etc. See skin.
- To plunder; devastate; spoil.
- n. 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. In printing, a wooden pole with a short cross-piece at one end, in the form of letter , used to convey printed sheets to and from the horizontal poles on which they are dried.
- n. The wash or blade of an oar, as distinguished from the loom.
- n. 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. 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.
- n. An equal; a match: as, they were peels at twelve.
- To be equal or have the same score in a game.
- n. An equal or match; a draw.
- n. curling A takeout which removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone.
- v. common misspelling of peal: to sound loudly.
- v. croquet To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own).
- n. obsolete A stake.
- n. obsolete A fence made of stakes; a stockade.
- n. archaic A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
- n. A shovel or similar instrument, now especially a pole with a flat disc at the end used for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven.
- n. A T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry.
- n. archaic, US The blade of an oar.
- v. archaic, transitive To plunder; to pillage, rob.
- v. transitive To remove the skin or outer covering of.
- v. transitive To remove from the outer or top layer of.
- v. intransitive To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way.
- v. intransitive To remove one's clothing.
- v. intransitive To move, separate (off or away)
- n. The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable etc. (usually uncountable)
- n. rugby The action of peeling away from a formation.
- n. A cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
- n. 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.
- v. obsolete To plunder; to pillage; to rob.
- v. 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.
- v. To strip or tear off; to remove by stripping, as the skin of an animal, the bark of a tree, etc.
- v. To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin, bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb.
- v. nformal To strip naked; to disrobe. Often used with down .
- n. The skin or rind.
- v. strip the skin off
- n. British politician (1788-1850)
- v. get undressed
- v. come off in flakes or thin small pieces
- n. the rind of a fruit or vegetable
- From Old French pele (compare modern pelle), from Latin pala, from the base of plangere ("fix, plant"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English pilen, pelen, to peel, from Old French peler, and Old English pilian (both from Latin pilāre, to deprive of hair, from pilus, hair) and from Old French pillier, to tug, pull, plunder (from Latin pilleum, felt cap).Middle English, from Old French pele, from Latin pāla, spade, peel.Middle English pel, stake, small castle, from Anglo-Norman, stockade, variant of Old French, stake, from Latin pālus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Just gut 'em, sprinkle with a little lemon pepper (on the inside) and place them on the coals ... turning a few times until done, the scales and skin peel right off, and they are very tasty.”
“You have these thin sheets of dough, which you have to peel from a stack, and then if the dough gets a little too sticky, you know, the sheets will break.”
“A banana peel is household waste, not fly ash," said Havens.”
“Grated lemon peel is the essential ingredient that brings the dish together.”
“Candied lemon peel is tasty on its own as a sweet treat, and adds flavor when added to cookies, cakes, or ice cream.”
“And while I'm at it, pointing out that the banana peel is biodegradable is just ridiculous.”
“Transfer to pan and cook gently until peel is soft.”
“When the peel is dry, she puts it into a pan of sugared water and cooks it just enough to tenderize the skin.”
“Process the sugar and Meyer lemon peel in a food processor until the peel is very fine.”
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