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paring

[′per·iŋ]
(mechanical engineering)
A method of wood turning in which the piece is trimmed or reduced in size by cutting or shaving thin sections from the surface.

paring

Trimming or reducing in size or thickness, by cutting or shaving of small portions from the surface or extremity.
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The captain coming up to have a little conversation, and to introduce a friend, seated himself astride of one of these barrels, like a Bacchus of private life; and pulling a great clasp-knife out of his pocket, began to 'whittle' it as he talked, by paring thin slices off the edges.
Edward having obeyed him, he took an elegant little knife from his pocket, and paring his nails, continued:
said Roker, appealing to another man in the lodge, who was paring the mud off his shoes with a five-and- twenty-bladed pocket-knife.