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)
Origin: OE. Proine, probably fr. F. Provigner to lay down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See Provine.
Origin: F. Prune, from L. Prunum a plum. See Plum.
(01 Mar 1998)
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