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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pruningnoun

    something that has been pruned off of a plant

  2. pruningnoun

    the act of trimming a plant


  1. pruningnoun

    A removal of excess material from a tree or shrub.

  2. pruningnoun

    Something obtained by pruning, as a twig.

  3. pruningnoun

    A method of enumeration that allows the cutting out of parts of a decision tree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pruning

    of Prune

  2. Pruningnoun

    the act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous

  3. Pruningnoun

    that which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings


  1. Pruning

    Pruning is a horticultural and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping, improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits. The practice entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants. Specialized pruning practices may be applied to certain plants, such as roses, fruit trees, and grapevines. Different pruning techniques may be deployed on herbaceous plants than those used on perennial woody plants. Hedges, by design, are usually maintained by hedge trimming, rather than by pruning. Arborists, orchardists, and gardeners use various garden tools and tree cutting tools designed for the purpose, such as hand pruners, loppers, or chainsaws. In nature, meteorological conditions such as wind, ice and snow, and salinity can cause plants to self-prune. This natural shedding is called abscission.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pruning in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pruning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pruning in a Sentence

  1. Gowtham Krishnan Murugesan:

    Our study has found a significant decrease in gray matter pruning in the frontal default mode network, which is involved in higher cognitive functions, such as the planning and controlling of social behaviors.

  2. Morgan Stanley:

    European return on leverage exposure is roughly half that of U.S. firms. Pruning underperforming units, intense cost-cutting and revitalising high return-on-equity (RoE) area will be key.

  3. Kurt Bock:

    This pruning of our portfolio ... will continue in 2016 and 2017.

  4. Gowtham Krishnan Murugesan:

    Pruning is an essential part of brain development, disruption in normal pruning has been shown to be related to weaker connections between different parts of the brain.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    Our life is like a tree which is pruning itself.

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