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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prune v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pruned p. pr. & vb. n. Pruning.]
 1. 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.
    Taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed.   --Bacon.
 Our delightful task
 To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers.   --Milton.
 2. To cut off or cut out, as useless parts.
    Horace will our superfluous branches prune.   --Waller.
 3. To preen; to prepare; to dress.
 His royal bird
 Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : (of plants or trees) shaped by having superfluous branches
            or shoots trimmed back or cut off; "abundant fruit from
            properly pruned vines and fruit trees"