Definitions for "Pruning"
The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.
The removal of branches from a tree stem, usually from the bottom up, in order to improve wood quality or reduce the chance of fire moving into the tree crown.
selective removal of parts of the plant to control growth, shape and encourage flowering.
a natural process that causes neural circuits to wither away and die from lack of use, especially important during the early stages of neural development, particularly during the first two years of life.
process whereby an injury destroys an important neural network in children, and another less useful neural network that would have eventually died takes over the responsibilities of the damaged network.
A process in brain development whereby unused synapses (connections among brain cells), are shed. Between about 2 and 10 years of age, a child's brain has about twice as many connections as an adult's brain. During the pruning phase, a child's experience and environment decide which synapses will be shed and which will be preserved.
An optimizer technique of searching for the best execution plan. Only promising sub-plans are retained; that is, the ones that could be part of the best total plan. The optimizer uses cost-based and heuristics-based pruning.
tr. v. The process during display traversal of avoiding those sections of the display list which would be outside the clip limits. This is a performance-enhancing feature.
Keywords:  feathers, bird, cast, leavings, off
That which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings.