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 Here at home, backlash seems to be building against the paring of the Postal Service and other perceptions of voter suppression. Star Tribune, "Voting issues roil U.S., Belarus," 21 Aug. 2020 Fedun has filled in for Johns on the bottom paring with Sekera. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ top defensemen have shined against Calgary. But could they be playing too much?," 17 Aug. 2020 Using a sharp paring knife, cut the stem and pointed end off each lemon, deep enough to expose the flesh. Washington Post, "Capture the sunny freshness of lemons with syrup, marmalade and preserves," 4 May 2020 Use a sharp paring knife to peel the skin, which should easily peel off. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "The Right Way to Cut a Peach," 29 Apr. 2020 Using a sharp paring knife, carefully trim away the bitter white pith that surrounds each segment. CBS News, "The Dish: Acclaimed pastry chef Claudia Fleming shares her favorite sweet and savory recipes," 15 Feb. 2020 His tool kit is filled with cheap paring knives, melon ballers, X-Acto knives, clay sculpting tools, graters and cheese slicers. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Team carves ornate pictures of animals on hundreds of pumpkins spread throughout Milwaukee County Zoo," 18 Oct. 2019 Using a pizza wheel or a sharp paring knife, cut 6 (four-inch) squares. Washington Post, "This pretty breakfast Danish is as easy to make as a toaster waffle," 14 Oct. 2019 The skins should slip off easily when scraped with a sharp paring knife. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of paring

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Aug 2020

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“Paring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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