a variety of plum that dries without spoiling.
such a plum when dried.
Other definitions for prune (2 of 3)
to cut or lop off (twigs, branches, or roots).
to cut or lop superfluous or undesired twigs, branches, or roots from; trim.
to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable).
to remove (anything considered superfluous or undesirable).
- prun·a·ble, adjective
- prun·a·bil·i·ty [proo-nuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌpru nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- prun·er, noun
- un·prun·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for prune (3 of 3)
Archaic. to preen.
- prun·a·ble, adjective
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How to use prune in a sentence
He sent his family photos of his food, and made special requests of the hospital staff, asking for buttered sourdough toast and prune juice with breakfast.
In fact, he only encountered one paella master who used the pruned branches as cooking fuel.
You’ve spent the day pruning bushes, cutting branches, and trimming hedges, and now you’re left with a huge pile of lawn waste.
Every year researchers prune the catalog of who is missing and who is dead.
Larry grew a full beard, but that was a smidge too country—“I looked like an Oak Ridge Boy”—so he pruned it down into a goatee.
But here vegetation is so luxuriant, that even the pruned and grafted tree springs up like the native of the forest.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
He stretched out a hand and there before our eyes the handkerchief hung limp over the pruned top of a standard rose.Jaffery | William J. Locke
Having pruned it roughly, he placed the butt end in warm ashes, night after night, to season.
For this Siena was lopped like a lily on her hills, and Lucca pruned like her own olive trees, and Pistoia gathered in the plain.Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa | Edward Hutton
They had been allowed to grow like weeds as far as their imagination was concerned, and she had been religiously pruned.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for prune (1 of 3)
a purplish-black partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of plum tree
slang, mainly British a dull, uninteresting, or foolish person
British Dictionary definitions for prune (2 of 3)
to remove (dead or superfluous twigs, branches, etc) from (a tree, shrub, etc), esp by cutting off
to remove (anything undesirable or superfluous) from (a book, etc)
- prunable, adjective
- pruner, noun
British Dictionary definitions for prune (3 of 3)
an archaic word for preen 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with prune
see full of beans, def. 2.
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