Prune

Definition of Prune

v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Pruned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pruning.]
Taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed.
- Bacon.
Our delightful task
To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers.
- Milton.
2.To cut off or cut out, as useless parts.
Horace will our superfluous branches prune.
- Waller.
3.To preen; to prepare; to dress.
His royal bird
Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt.
n.1.A plum; esp., a dried plum, used in cookery; as, French or Turkish prunes; California prunes.
German prune
(Bot.) a large dark purple plum, of oval shape, often one-sided. It is much used for preserving, either dried or in sirup.
Prune tree
a - (Bot.) A tree of the genus Prunus (Prunus domestica), which produces prunes.
b - The West Indian tree, Prunus occidentalis.
South African prune
(Bot.) the edible fruit of a sapindaceous tree (Pappea Capensis).

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