Definition of Prune

1. Noun. Dried plum.

Generic synonyms: Dried Fruit

2. Verb. Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of. "They prune the trees"; "Dress the plants in the garden"
Exact synonyms: Clip, Crop, Cut Back, Dress, Lop, Snip, Trim
Generic synonyms: Thin Out
Specialized synonyms: Shear, Poll, Pollard, Pinch, Top, Disbud
Derivative terms: Clip, Clipper, Clipping, Crop, Lopper, Pruner, Pruner, Pruning, Snip, Snip, Trim, Trimmer, Trimming

3. Verb. Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things. "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

Definition of Prune

1. v. t. To lop or cut off the superfluous parts, branches, or shoots of; to clear of useless material; to shape or smooth by trimming; to trim: as, to prune trees; to prune an essay.

2. v. i. To dress; to prink; - used humorously or in contempt.

3. n. A plum; esp., a dried plum, used in cookery; as, French or Turkish prunes; California prunes.

Definition of Prune

1. Noun. (obsolete) A plum. ¹

2. Noun. The dried, wrinkled fruit of certain species of plum. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) An old woman, ''especially'' a wrinkly one. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To cut down or shorten (by the removal of unnecessary material); as, ''to prune a budget''. ¹

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Definition of Prune

1. to cut off branches or parts from [v PRUNED, PRUNING, PRUNES] : PRUNABLE [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prune

prune (current term)
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Literary usage of Prune

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1896)
"PRUNING THE prune. Prepared by SP SANDERS, of San Jos£, at special request. The French prune (Petit d'Agen) is a tree naturally ..."

2. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1905)
"The article gave details of the congested condition of the prune market at this time, ... The question naturally rises, Why is the prune market seemingly ..."

3. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Board of Horticulture (1890)
"and is known as the prune of commerce. Orchards have been planted and cultivated in California for nearly thirty years, under the impression ..."

4. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1901)
"A well-cured prune is soft and spongy, the pit is loose but does not ... There is much confusion regarding the nomenclature of the prune-making plums. ..."

5. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"into the different grades, varying from thirty to forty The third distinctive feature of California prune- growing is the predominance of the prune d'Agen— ..."

6. The California Fruits and how to Grow Them: A Manual of Methods which Have by Edward James Wickson (1891)
"This is the drying prune at present most widely grown in this Slate. It is described by John Rock as follows: "Medium-sized, egg-shaped, violet purple, ..."

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