peeled; peeling; peels
Definition of peel
(Entry 1 of 4)
1 : to strip off an outer layer of peel an orange
2 : to remove by stripping peel the label off the can
1a : 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
Definition of peel (Entry 2 of 4)
1 : the skin or rind of a fruit or vegetable banana/lemon/potato peels
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
3 : chemical peel
Definition of peel (Entry 3 of 4)
: 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
Definition of peel (Entry 4 of 4)
: a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border
— called also peel tower
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