(Pare) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Paring.] [F. parer to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry, ward off, fr. L. parare to prepare. Cf. Empire, Parade, Pardon, Parry, Prepare.]

1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.

2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; — followed by off or away; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies.

3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.

The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy.

(Par`e*gor"ic) a. [L. paregoricus, Gr. from addressing, encouraging, soothing; para` beside + an assembly: cf. F. parégorique. See Allegory.] Mitigating; assuaging or soothing pain; as, paregoric elixir.

(Par`e*gor"ic), n. (Med.) A medicine that mitigates pain; an anodyne; specifically, camphorated tincture of opium; — called also paregoric elexir.

(Pa*rel"con) n. [Gr. to draw aside, to be redundant; para` beside + to draw.] (Gram.) The addition of a syllable or particle to the end of a pronoun, verb, or adverb.

(Par`e*lec`tro*nom"ic) a. (Physiol.) Of or relating to parelectronomy; as, the parelectronomic part of a muscle.

(Par*e`lec*tron"o*my) n. [Pref. para- + electro- + Gr. law.] (Physiol.) A condition of the muscles induced by exposure to severe cold, in which the electrical action of the muscle is reversed.

(||Pa*rel"la ||Pa`relle) n. [Cf. F. parelle.] (Bot.) (a) A name for two kinds of dock (Rumex Patientia and R. Hydrolapathum). (b) A kind of lichen (Lecanora parella) once used in dyeing and in the preparation of litmus.

(||Pa*rem"bo*le) n. [NL., from Gr. an insertion beside. See Para-, and Embolus.] (Rhet.) A kind of parenthesis.

(Pare"ment) n. See Parament. [Obs.]

(||Par`emp*to"sis) n. [NL., from Gr. a coming in beside; para` beside + to fall in.] Same as Parembole.

(Pa*ren"chy*ma) n. [NL., from Gr. fr. to pour in beside; para` beside + in + to pour: cf. F. parenchyme.] (Biol.) The soft celluar substance of the tissues of plants and animals, like the pulp of leaves, to soft tissue of glands, and the like.

(Pa*ren"chy*mal) a. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of, parenchyma.

(Par`en*chym"a*tous Pa*ren"chy*mous) a. [Cf. F. parenchymateux.] Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the parenchyma of a tissue or an organ; as, parenchymatous degeneration.

(||Pa*ren"e*sis) n. [L. paraenesis, Gr. fr. to advise.] Exhortation. [R.]

(Par`e*net"ic Par`e*net"io*al) a. [Gr. : cf. F. parénétique.] Hortatory; encouraging; persuasive. [R.] F. Potter.

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