par·​ing | \ ˈper-iŋ How to pronounce paring (audio) \

Definition of paring

1 : the act of cutting away an edge or surface
2 : something pared off apple parings

Examples of paring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s the only collaboration on the 12-track album — a sharp paring-down from the four featured artists on KiCk i. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 Hronek figures to be part of the Wings' top defensive paring this season, along with new addition Nick Leddy (acquired via trade from the New York Islanders). Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2021 That could mean a paring back by the end of the year of the purchases, which are meant to keep longer-term interest rates low and juice the economy., 27 Aug. 2021 The Supreme Court’s school-speech cases since Tinker have tended to back administrators seeking to discipline students, and many court observers expected that the Mahanoy case could lead to another paring back of young people’s expressive rights. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Under Britain's pandemic rules, only 30 people will be allowed to attend, thus requiring ruthless paring of the list. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2021 This 16-piece option comes with many of the same pieces that are included in the 15-piece set (the former comes with eight steak knives instead of six and two different paring knives over the 15-piece's honing steel). Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 The 30-person limit at his funeral, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, was in keeping with government restrictions, forcing the paring back of a guest list that would normally have run to several hundred people., 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of paring

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Paring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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