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peel

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verb \ ˈpēl \

Definition of peel

transitive verb
1 :to strip off an outer layer of
  • peel an orange
2 :to remove by stripping
  • peel the label off the can
intransitive verb
1 a :to come off in sheets or scales
  • The paint is peeling.
b :to lose an outer layer (as of skin)
  • His face is peeling.
2 :to take off one's clothes
  • it got hotter … you had to peel to get relief
  • —L. M. Uris
3 :to break away from a group or formation often used with off
  • Like corals, the branches of sponges can peel off and reestablish themselves as new colonies. Natural History

peelable

play \ˈpē-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of peel in a Sentence

  1. They peeled back the sheet to display the new sculpture.

  2. She got sunburned and her back is peeling.

Origin and Etymology of peel

Middle English pelen, from Anglo-French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair

peel Synonyms

Synonyms
bark, flay, hull, husk, shell, shuck, skin
Related Words
bare, denude, expose, scale, strip; pare

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peel

noun

Definition of peel

1 :the skin or rind of a fruit
2 :a thin layer of organic material that is embedded in a film of collodion and stripped from the surface of an object (such as a plant fossil) for microscopic study

Origin and Etymology of peel

see 1peel


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peel

noun

Definition of peel

:a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument that is used chiefly by bakers for getting something (such as bread or pies) into or out of the oven

Origin and Etymology of peel

Middle English pele, from Anglo-French, from Latin pala


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peel

noun

Definition of peel

:a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border called also peel tower

Origin and Etymology of peel

Middle English (Scots) pel, from Middle English, stockade, stake, from Anglo-French, stake, from Latin palus — more at pole


Peel

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biographical name \ ˈpēl \

Definition of Peel

Sir Robert 1788–1850 English statesman

Peel

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geographical name \ ˈpēl \

Definition of Peel

river 425 miles (684 kilometers) long in northwestern Canada rising in western Yukon (territory) and flowing east and north into the Mackenzie River


PEEL Defined for English Language Learners

peel

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verb

Definition of peel for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the skin from (a fruit, vegetable, etc.)

  • : to remove (a covering, shell, etc.) from something

  • : to come off in pieces


PEEL Defined for Kids

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peel

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verb \ ˈpēl \

Definition of peel for Students

peeled; peeling
1 :to strip off the skin or bark of
  • I'm peeling apples.
2 :to strip or tear off
  • He peeled off his clothes down to his swimming trunks …
  • —Virginia Hamilton, M.C. Higgins
3 :to come off smoothly or in bits
  • The paint is peeling.

peeler

\ˈpē-lər\ noun

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peel

noun

Definition of peel for Students

:an outer covering and especially the skin of a fruit

Medical Dictionary

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peel

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transitive verb \ ˈpēl \

medical Definition of peel

1 :to strip off an outer layer of
2 :to remove (as skin or a blemish) by stripping
intransitive verb
1 :to come off in sheets or scales
  • sunburned skin peels
2 :to lose an outer layer (as of skin)
  • his face is peeling

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peel

noun

medical Definition of peel



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