whittling

noun
whit·​tling | \ ˈhwit-liŋ How to pronounce whittling (audio) , ˈwit-; ˈhwi-tᵊl-iŋ, ˈwi-\

Definition of whittling

1 : the act or art of whittling
2 : a piece cut away in whittling

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The anonymous poster’s lower bound proves that this whittling down couldn’t possibly save more than about 40 million episodes — but that’s enough to get a nice start on season two. Quanta Magazine, "Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem," 5 Nov. 2018 Despite a wave of mergers since the crisis, Spain still has some whittling to do. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 This makes the whittling-down option more streamlined. Allie Volpe, The Cut, "The Dating App That Put My Friends in Charge of My Love Life," 7 June 2018 His whittlings are finely detailed; most are meant to be handled. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of whittling

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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