What does the word paring mean?

Usage examples for paring

  1. 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
  2. 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
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