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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Otherwise they should now be pruned back hard.
▪ In autumn tree surgeons would come to prune back the branches, but not yet.
▪ The novel is about a third too long, and the second half could decently have been pruned back.
▪ It can be found in baking a cake, pruning a tree, or holding a children's party.
▪ I went down to the phone to talk with Erica and Stuart, then came back up and pruned two apple trees.
▪ Secondly, the bounds provided by penalties can be used to prune the tree and avoid unnecessary pivots.
▪ Would it be possible for them also to prune this tree hard back so the light can be seen.
▪ Miniature roses do not need much pruning and are ideal for planting in pots.
▪ Red dogwoods should be pruned regularly.
▪ The state has pruned $275 million from this year's budget.
▪ What's the best time of the year for pruning apple trees?
▪ He has ruthlessly pruned his original plans for a quick dash to the top.
▪ Heavy pruning can promote vigorous new growth, which can increase susceptibility to the disease.
▪ In the intermediate zone between a population boom and a population bust, this superfluous genetic material is pruned out.
▪ It can be found in baking a cake, pruning a tree, or holding a children's party.
▪ Major pruning is done in late winter.
▪ The role of government in macroeconomic management had to be pruned to a bare minimum.
▪ Time also has worked wonders, pruning many of the bad investigative reporters and retaining many of the good ones.
▪ Would it be possible for them also to prune this tree hard back so the light can be seen.
▪ An image that captures the dichotomy of possibilities in getting older is the plum versus the prune.
▪ Besides, it has prunes in it, did you know that?
▪ Deep lines grooved her prune of a face.
▪ One of the most important discriminators between plums and prunes is what their age means to them.
▪ Put the prunes in an earthenware oven dish, with the wine and enough water to cover them.
▪ The prunes were good but with three extra stones in the juice Christopher wondered who might have been there before him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prune \Prune\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pruned; p. pr. & vb. n. Pruning.] [OE. proine, probably fr. F. provigner to lay down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See Provine.]

  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.

    Our delightful task To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers.

  2. To cut off or cut out, as useless parts.

    Horace will our superfluous branches prune.

  3. To preen; to prepare; to dress.

    His royal bird Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak.


Prune \Prune\, v. i. To dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt.


Prune \Prune\, n. [F. prune, from L. prunum a plum. See Plum.] A plum; esp., a dried plum, used in cookery; as, French or Turkish prunes; California prunes. German prune (Bot.), a large dark purple plum, of oval shape, often one-sided. It is much used for preserving, either dried or in sirup. Prune tree. (Bot.)

  1. A tree of the genus Prunus ( Prunus domestica), which produces prunes.

  2. The West Indian tree, Prunus occidentalis.

    South African prune (Bot.), the edible fruit of a sapindaceous tree ( Pappea Capensis).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "a plum," also "a dried plum" (c.1200 in place name Prunhill), from Old French pronne "plum" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *pruna, fem. singular formed from Latin pruna, neuter plural of prunum "a plum," by dissimilation from Greek proumnon, from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning "disagreeable or disliked person" is from 1895. Prune juice is from 1807.


early 15c., prouyne, from Old French proignier "cut back (vines), prune" (Modern French provigner), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Watkins] from Gallo-Roman *pro-retundiare "cut in a rounded shape in front," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *retundiare "round off," from Latin rotundus (see round (adj.)). Klein suggests the Old French word is from provain "layer of a vine," from Latin propago (see prop (n.1)). \n

\nOr the Middle English word might be identical with the falconry term proinen, proynen "trim the feather with the beak" (late 14c.), source of preen [Barnhart]. Related: Pruned; pruning. Pruning hook is from 1610s; pruning knife from 1580s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) A plum. 2 The dried, wrinkled fruit of certain species of plum. 3 (context slang English) An old woman, especially a wrinkly one. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive. 2 (context transitive figuratively English) To cut down or shorten (by the removal of unnecessary material). 3 (cx transitive computer science English) To remove unnecessary branches from a tree data structure. 4 (context obsolete English) To preen; to prepare; to dress.


n. dried plum

  1. v. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, cut back]

  2. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: cut, rationalize, rationalise]


A prune is a dried plum of any cultivar, mostly Prunus domestica or European Plum. The use of the term for fresh fruit is obsolete except when applied to varieties grown for drying.

Most prunes are freestone cultivars (the pit is easy to remove), whereas most other plums grown for fresh consumption are clingstone (the pit is more difficult to remove).

Prune (disambiguation)

A prune is a dried fruit of various plum species.

Prune may also refer to:

  • Pruning, the practice of removing undesired portions from a plant
  • Prune fingers, the wrinkling of skin after immersion in water

Usage examples of "prune".

The landscaping was from another age: a couple of four-story cocoapalms, indifferently pruned bird of paradise grown ragged, agapanthus, andcalla lilies surrounding a flat, brown lawn.

Rice, Currants, Sugar, Prunes, Cynamon, Ginger, Pepper, Cloves, Green Ginger, Oil, Butter, Holland cheese or old Cheese, Wine-Vinegar, Canarie-Sack, Aqua-vitae, the best Wines, the best Waters, the juyce of Limons for the scurvy, white Bisket, Oatmeal, Gammons of Bacons, dried Neats tongues, Beef packed up in Vineger, Legs of Mutton minced and stewed, and close packed up, with tried Sewet or Butter in earthen Pots.

The cocks and the cicalas make themselves heard, and now Madame Prune will begin her mystic drone.

And prune their sunny feathers on the hands Which little children stretch in friendly sport Towards these dreadless partners of their play.

The grass was as close-cropped and carpet-like as some old English lawn and the trees themselves showed evidence of careful pruning to a uniform height of about fifteen feet from the ground, so that as one turned his glance in any direction the forest had the appearance at a little distance of a vast, high-ceiled chamber.

For the fourth morning in a row, the waitress named Louella brought Jeremiah Freel his dish of stewed prunes.

And towardes the plaine, it was couered with Hamberries, Hasels, Fylbirds, prune, print, or priuet, and whitened with the flowers thereof: by coulered Xeapie, beeing red towardes the north, and white against the Southe, Plane trees, Ashe trees, and such like, spredding and stretching out their braunches: fowlded and imbraced with the running of Hunnisuckles or woodbines, and Hoppes, which made a pleasaunt and coole shade.

Ivan Ilich concludes on his deathbed that the only happy moments in his life had been when he was a child: all these memories he associates with food - particularly, for some reason, prunes.

Stories were told about how vegetables had once wept to Mani, as they were about to be cut, and palm trees complained when they were about to be pruned.

Strict measures against disorder, a powerful armed force, even a pruning of the oligarchic class and the dispensing of their territories to the poor.

Then she sat back and admired the pachysandra she had planted and pruned over the years, and beyond that, the impatiens, and beyond that, the lilies.

They were perfect in their forms, yes, but more importantly, they had pruned and purged themselves so that only the purest inner qualities remained.

Arlette Davidson, solid southern woman, had given me a tagine, lovely Algerian stew with prunes in it, and here I got seiches, the white octopus which is so good with americaine sauce and rice.

Sometimes, as if from long-standing habit, he would take his sharp, heavy sheers out of his overcoat pocket and painstakingly, without asking any money, set to work in the yard in front of the main building, trimming the thuja bushes, pruning the acacias, and weeding the garden beds.

Preening and pruning himself effulgendy and strutting vaingloriously about the platform as he picked up momentum, he gave the men the colors of the day again and shifted nimbly into a rousing pep talk on the importance of the bridge at Avignon to the war effort and the obligation of each man on the mission to place love of country above love of life.