(botany) The outermost layer, or skin, of a ripe fruit or ovary.
(rare, figurative) The outer layer of any thing.
* 1974 , (Guy Davenport), Tatlin! :
- He learned, afternoon after afternoon, how to edge her into delicious frenzies, how to tremble the clitoris, pericarp , and tip.
To remove the skin or outer covering of.
- I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.
To remove from the outer or top layer of.
- The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
- I peeled (the skin from) an orange and ate it hungrily.
To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way.
- We peeled the old wallpaper off in strips where it was hanging loose.
To remove one's clothing.
- I had been out in the sun too long, and my nose was starting to peel .
To move, separate (off or away)
- The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.
- The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.
* (remove outer covering) skin, strip
* (remove clothing) disrobe, strip
* peel off
* peel out
* keep one's eyes peeled (i.e. with eyelids open)
The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
The action of peeling away from a formation.
(label) cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
* (skin of a fruit) rind, zest
* orange peel
* peel strength
(etyl) and (etyl) pel (compare modern French pieu), from (etyl) .
(obsolete) A stake.
(obsolete) A fence made of stakes; a stockade.
(archaic) A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
* peel-house, peelhouse
From (etyl) pele (compare modern (pelle)), from (etyl) pala, from the base of .
A shovel or similar instrument, now especially a pole with a flat disc at the end used for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven.
A T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry.
(archaic, US) The blade of an oar.
(Scotland, and, curling) An equal or match; a draw.
(curling) A takeout which removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone.
Named from Walter H. Peel, a noted 19th-century croquet player.
(croquet) To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own).
Misspelling of peal.
: to sound loudly.
* 1825 June 25, "My Village Bells", in The Circulator of Useful Knowledge, Literature, Amusement, and General Information'' number XXVI, available in, 1825, ''The Circulator of Useful Amusement, Literature, Science, and General Information , page 401,
* 1901 January 1, "Twentieth Century's Triumphant Entry", , page 1,
- Oh ! still for me let merry bells peel out their holy chime;
* 2006 , Miles Richardson, Being-In-Christ and Putting Death in Its Place , , ISBN 0807132047, pages 230–231,
- The lights flashed, the crowds sang,... bells peeled , bombs thundered,... and the new Century made its triumphant entry.
- As the tiny Virgin... approaches one of the barrio churches, bells peel vigorously, a brass band launches into a fast-paced tune, and large rockets zoom... .
(archaic) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
- But govern ill the nations under yoke, / Peeling their provinces.