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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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,, "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,, "St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Cake (photo, recipe)," 13 Mar. 2018 But a sharp paring knife and eye for detail will work well here too. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "A Year of Pie: In Her New Taartwork Cookbook, Brittany Bennett Shares Recipes for Each Season," 6 Mar. 2018 Peel quarters with a sharp paring knife, then halve them crosswise. Slice into 1/2-in.-thick pieces (about the same size as orange sections). Sunset, "Hibiscus Citrus Papaya Salad," 22 Jan. 2018 Of course, a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeled can be used to create wide strips that can be finely minced. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Orange zest brightens up crumb cake," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of paring

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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