pare /ˈpær, ˈpɛr/
Pare v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared p. pr. & vb. n. Paring.]
1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.
2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, rind, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away redundancies.
3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy. --Bacon.
v 1: decrease gradually or bit by bit [syn: pare down]
2: cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of
wood" [syn: whittle]
3: strip the skin off; "pare apples" [syn: skin, peel]
4: remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size;
"pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim
lumber" [syn: trim]