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Meaning of PRUNE

Pronunciation:  proon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  dried plum
  2. [v]  weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
  3. [v]  cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of"dress the plants in the garden"

PRUNE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: clip, crop, cut, cut back, dress, lop, rationalise, rationalize, snip, trim
 See Also: bring down, curb, curtail, cut back, cut down, cut out, disbud, do away with, dried fruit, eliminate, get rid of, pinch, poll, pollard, reduce, restrict, shear, thin out, top, trim, trim back, trim down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. --Thackeray.
             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.
    3. To preen; to prepare; to dress. --Spenser.
             His royal bird Prunes the immortal wing and cloys
             his beak.                             --Shak.
  2. \Prune\, v. i.
    To dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt.
  3. \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.)
    (a) A tree of the genus {Prunus} ({P. domestica}), which
        produces prunes.
    (b) The West Indian tree, {Prunus occidentalis}.
    {South African prune} (Bot.), the edible fruit of a
       sapindaceous tree ({Pappea Capensis}).
Dream Dictionary
  1. Dreaming that you are pruning, represents growth. You need to get rid and cut away at your old habits and former ways. Get rid of what you no longer need.
  2. Seeing prunes in your dream, symbolizes an emotional or creative blockage. It may also represent aging as implied by the metaphor "as wrinkled as a prune".