What does the word paring mean?

Usage examples for paring

  1. " Oh, now I remember," said Mrs. Prim, paring off the dough around the edge of a pie. – The Twin Cousins by Sophie May
  2. In the early hours of the next afternoon with the sun shining across the threshold, Lulu was paring something at the kitchen table. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  3. Having no reasonable way of spending her hours, she was thus supplied with occupation; being of acrid temper, she was thus supplied with a subject upon whom she could fearlessly exercise it; being remarkably mean of disposition, she saw in the paring- down of her servant's rations to a working minimum, at once profit and sport; lastly, being fond of the most trivial gossip, she had a never- failing topic of discussion with such ladies as could endure her society. – Will Warburton by George Gissing