Definitions for: Peel

[n] the rind of a fruit or vegetable
[n] British politician (1788-1850)
[n] the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)
[v] get undressed; "please don't undress in front of everybody!"
[v] come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my house is peeling off"
[v] strip the skin off ("pare apples")

Webster (1913) Definition: Peel, n. [OE. pel. Cf. Pile a heap.]
A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep. [Scot.]

Peel, n. [F. pelle, L. pala.]
A spadelike implement, variously used, as for removing loaves
of bread from a baker's oven; also, a T-shaped implement used
by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper
on lines or poles to dry. Also, the blade of an oar.

Peel, v. t. [Confused with peel to strip, but fr. F.
piller to pillage. See Pill to rob, Pillage.]
To plunder; to pillage; to rob. [Obs.]

But govern ill the nations under yoke, Peeling their
provinces. --Milton.

Peel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Peeled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Peeling.] [F. peler to pull out the hair, to strip, to
peel, fr. L. pilare to deprive of hair, fr. pilus a hair; or
perh. partly fr. F. peler to peel off the skin, perh. fr. L.
pellis skin (cf. Fell skin). Cf. Peruke.]
1. To strip off the skin, bark, or rind of; to strip by
drawing or tearing off the skin, bark, husks, etc.; to
flay; to decorticate; as, to peel an orange.

The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.

2. To strip or tear off; to remove by stripping, as the skin
of an animal, the bark of a tree, etc.

Peel, v. i.
To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin,
bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb; as, the
bark peels easily or readily.

Peel, n.
The skin or rind; as, the peel of an orange.

Synonyms: discase, disrobe, flake, flake off, pare, peel off, rind, Robert Peel, Sir Robert Peel, skin, skin, skin, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress

Antonyms: apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, get dressed, habilitate, raiment, tog

See Also: banana peel, banana skin, break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off, edible fruit, flay, jacket, lemon peel, lemon rind, orange peel, orange rind, plant tissue, pol, political leader, politician, politico, rind, strip, take off

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