peel·​ing | \ ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce peeling (audio) \

Definition of peeling

: a peeled-off piece or strip

Examples of peeling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no roasting or messy pepper peeling and seeding. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Staff picks: 8 condiments we swear by and how to use them," 4 Sep. 2020 While the peeling occurs, resist the temptation to pick at it, which can cause further damage, says Dr. Jaliman. Claire Gillespie,, "How Long Does a Sunburn Last—and Is There Any Way to Make It Heal Faster?," 6 July 2020 According to the manufacturers, the valleys are what give the pan its nonstick properties, while the stainless steel peaks provide the even heating while protecting the pan from flaking or peeling. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "The best nonstick pans of 2020," 23 June 2020 Starting at my heels and working up to the balls of my feet, the peeling didn’t stop. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The cult-favorite Baby Foot peel is disgusting — and it totally works," 2 July 2020 The pecks mar the fruit appearance but do not usually penetrate the peeling. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: More herbs that work in San Antonio gardens and when to plant them: lemongrass, chives, tarragon and thyme," 2 July 2020 With options in length and straight or serrated blade, these multi-purpose knives are ideal for intricate cutting and peeling. NBC News, "Best kitchen knives and how to buy them, according to experts," 24 June 2020 Prep takes about 20 minutes — that's mostly peeling and cutting. Olivia Harrison,, "Easy Desserts Real Home Bakers Are Making In Quarantine," 7 May 2020 Effectively managing your peeling skin is just a matter of figuring out which one’s to blame. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "8 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Peeling—and How to Deal," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of peeling

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peeling was in 1598

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17 Sep 2020

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“Peeling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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