paring

noun
par·​ing | \ˈper-iŋ \

Definition of paring 

1 : the act of cutting away an edge or surface

2 : something pared off apple parings

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In these compact accounts, Mr. Heinrich’s ability to convey dense ecological ideas through engaging storytelling compensates for the paring-down of detail. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018 As a result, his bag’s contents, and the bag itself, reflect a simplistic paring down with essentials that can withstand a little knocking around. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, NGHTMRE?," 10 Aug. 2018 To de-seed tomatoes, cut them in quarters, lay them skin-side down on a cutting board, and use a sharp paring knife to separate the pulp from the flesh. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Fresh, Homemade Salsa & Common Mistakes to Avoid," 22 May 2018 Use a sharp paring knife to scrape off any barnacles or dirt on the shells, and check for beards. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Cook Mussels Like Some Kind of Professional Mussel-Cooker," 9 Apr. 2018 The Pentium Gold chips have a particular appeal for budget gaming builds, as the paring of a $64 dual-core CPU with Hyper-Threading with a $90 GPU still yields decent gaming capability. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Budget gamers: You can get some Intel Coffee Lake chips for as little as $42," 4 Apr. 2018 With sharp paring knife, cut off tops and bottoms of oranges, then cut off peel,. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pineapple-Pom Fruit Melange," 3 Dec. 2015 In an odd-couple paring, that pact and other trade agreements have been opposed both by labor and President Donald Trump. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rep. Scott Peters missing from election heat. That's no accident," 16 Mar. 2018 Shape: Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter (or sharp paring knife) remove the center portion from the yellow, green, and blue cakes. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Cake (photo, recipe)," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paring

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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