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English Dictionary: pruning by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
pruning
n
  1. something that has been pruned off of a plant
  2. the act of trimming a plant
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Prune \Prune\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pruned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Pruning}.] [OE. proine, probably fr. F. provigner to lay
      down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the
      meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See {Provine}.]
      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. --Thackeray.
  
                     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. --Spenser.
  
                     His royal bird Prunes the immortal wing and cloys
                     his beak.                                          --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pruning \Prun"ing\, n.
      1. The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.
  
      2. (Falconry) That which is cast off by bird in pruning her
            feathers; leavings. --Beau. & Fl.
  
      {Pruning hook}, [or] {Pruning knife}, cutting instrument used
            in pruning trees, etc.
  
      {Pruning shears}, shears for pruning trees, vines, etc.
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