pare

Definitions:

To cut or shave off; to diminish by little and little.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To cut or shave off the outside or ends of; as, to pare an apple; to cut away little by little; reduce.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To slice or shave off from the surface; to diminish by little and little; to trim.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To cut or shave off: to diminish by littles.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To shave off; cut away the surface of.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)

Usage examples:

The two pieces are thus got so close together that they are like one piece, as you will see when I pare the joined edges.
- Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald
I do know a few Shetlanders that could pare the skin off thy teeth, but we Orcadeans are simple honest folk that just live, and let live."
- An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Pare core, and cut the apples into pieces; dip them in cold water to preserve the colour, and boil them in the syrup until transparent; but be careful not to let them break.
- The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton