from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In falconry, what is cast off by a bird when it prunes itself; hence, refuse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.
  • noun (Falconry) That which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings.
  • noun cutting instrument used in pruning trees, etc.
  • noun shears for pruning trees, vines, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A removal of excess material from a tree or shrub.
  • noun countable Something obtained by pruning, as a twig.
  • noun computer science A method of enumeration that allows the cutting out of parts of a decision tree.
  • verb Present participle of prune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of trimming a plant
  • noun something that has been pruned off of a plant


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