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whit·tle

whittle

 
 
pronunciation:
wI tl
part of speech: verb
inflections: whittles, whittling, whittled
definition 1: to cut small bits or thin layers from, or to trim or shape by so doing.
He whittled a piece of wood into the figure of a cat.
similar words:
carve
definition 2: to reduce the size of by, or as if by, cutting (usually followed by "down" or "away").
We must whittle down our spending.She whittled away inches from her waist by daily exercise.
derivation: whittler (n.)