1. To lop or cut off the superfluous parts, branches, or shoots of; to clear of useless material; to shape or smooth by trimming; to trim: as, to prune trees; to prune an essay. Taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed. (bacon) Our delightful task To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers. (milton)
Origin: OE. Proine, probably fr. F. Provigner to lay down vine stocks for propagation; hence, probably, the meaning, to cut away superfluous shoots. See Provine.
Origin: F. Prune, from L. Prunum a plum. See Plum.