"paring" in the noun sense
1. paring, sliver, shaving
a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off especially the skin or peel
"she could peel an apple with a single long paring"
"paring" in the verb sense
1. pare, pare down
decrease gradually or bit by bit
2. whittle, pare
cut small bits or pare shavings from
"whittle a piece of wood"
3. skin, peel, pare
strip the skin off
4. pare, trim
remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
"pare one's fingernails"
"trim the photograph"
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