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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pruneverb

    dried plum

  2. snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut backverb

    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

    "dress the plants in the garden"

  3. cut, prune, rationalize, rationaliseverb

    weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

    "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prunenoun

    A dried plum.

    Etymology: prune, pruneau, Fr. prunum, Lat.

    In drying of pears and prunes in the oven, and removing of them, there is a like operation. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

  2. To PRUNEverb

    Etymology: of unknown derivation.

    So lop’d and pruned trees do flourish fair. Davies.

    Let us ever extol
    His bounty, following our delightful task,
    To prune those growing plants, and tend these flow’rs. John Milton.

    What we by day
    Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind,
    One night with wanton growth derides,
    Tending to wild. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Quintus Horatius Flaccus will our superfluous branches prune,
    Give us new rules, and set our harp in tune. Edmund Waller.

    You have no less right to correct me, than the same hand that raised a tree, has to prune it. Alexander Pope.

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

    Many birds prune their feathers; and crows seem to call upon rain, which is but the comfort they receive in the relenting of the air. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The muse, whose early voice you taught to sing,
    Prescrib’d her heights, and prun’d her tender wing. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Pruneverb

    To dress; to prink. A ludicrous word.

    Every scribbling man
    Grows a fop as fast as e’er he can,
    Prunes up, and asks his oracle the glass,
    If pink or purple best become his face. Dryden.


  1. Prune

    A prune is a dried plum, most commonly from the European plum (Prunus domestica). Not all plum species or varieties can be dried into prunes. A prune is the firm-fleshed fruit (plum) of Prunus domestica varieties that have a high soluble solids content, and does not ferment during drying. Use of the term "prune" for fresh plums is obsolete except when applied to varieties of plum grown for drying.Most prunes are freestone cultivars (the pit is easy to remove), whereas most plums grown for fresh consumption are clingstone (the pit is more difficult to remove). Prunes are 64% carbohydrates including dietary fiber, 2% protein, a rich source of vitamin K, and a moderate source of B vitamins and dietary minerals. The sorbitol content of dietary fiber likely provides the laxative effect associated with consuming prunes. Contrary to the name, boiled plums or prunes are not used to make sugar plums.


  1. prune

    To prune means to trim, cut back or remove parts of a plant, tree or bush in order to shape it, stimulate growth, or to remove damaged, non-productive, or unwanted parts. It can also refer to reducing or eliminating unnecessary or unwanted people, activities, or items from an organization or a process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pruneverb

    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

  2. Pruneverb

    to cut off or cut out, as useless parts

  3. Pruneverb

    to preen; to prepare; to dress

  4. Pruneverb

    to dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt

  5. Prunenoun

    a plum; esp., a dried plum, used in cookery; as, French or Turkish prunes; California prunes

  6. Etymology: [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. Prune

    A prune is any of various plum cultivars, mostly Prunus domestica or European Plum, sold as fresh or dried fruit. The dried fruit is also referred to as a dried plum. In general, fresh prunes are freestone cultivars, whereas most other plums grown for fresh consumption are clingstone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prune

    prōōn, v.t. to trim by lopping off superfluous parts: to divest of anything superfluous: to arrange or dress feathers, as birds do.—ns. Pru′ner; Pru′ning, the act of pruning or trimming; Pru′ning-hook, a hooked bill for pruning with; Pru′ning-knife, a large knife with a slightly hooked point for pruning.—n.pl. Pru′ning-shears, shears for pruning shrubs, &c. [Older form proin, prob. from Fr. provigner, provin, a shoot—L. propago, -inis.]

  2. Prune

    prōōn, n. a plum, esp. a dried plum.—adj. Prunif′erous, bearing plums. [Fr.,—L. prunum—Gr. prounon.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PRUNE

    A plum that has seen better days: the boarding-house veteran and the landlady's pet; badly wrinkled, yet well preserved.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prune in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of prune in a Sentence

  1. Max Maizels:

    Try laxatives, milk of magnesia or any of the common laxatives, prune juice, or apple juice works to help with evacuating.

  2. Gandolfo - (RJ Intindola):

    Plant the flower of love on fertile ground, and provide personal care; furnish water during a drought; offer substance so it will grow strong, and always prune the deadened branches to spring anew.

  3. Charlie Hall:

    Sometimes pruning occurs, that's where the [ correction in times of stress comes from ]. You prune a plant so that it's even healthier when it comes out from its pruning.

  4. Jennifer Shu:

    In general, the time that I tend to recommend juice is if kids have constipation, and apple juice and prune juice can sometimes help with that.

  5. Sara Kaplan:

    It allows him to prune his contacts, there was a lot of relief.

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    • A. profound
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