weeding


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Weeding \Weed"ing\,
   a. & n. from Weed, v.
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   Weeding chisel, a tool with a divided chisel-like end, for
      cutting the roots of large weeds under ground.

   Weeding forceps, an instrument for taking up some sorts of
      plants in weeding.

   Weeding fork, a strong, three-pronged fork, used in
      clearing ground of weeds; -- called also weeding iron.
      

   Weeding hook. Same as Weed hook, under 3d Weed.

   Weeding iron. See Weeding fork, above.

   Weeding tongs. Same as Weeding forceps, above.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Weed \Weed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weeded; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Weeding.] [AS. we['o]dian. See 3d Weed.]
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   1. To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds; as, to
      weed corn or onions; to weed a garden.
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   2. To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something
      hurtful; to extirpate; -- commonly used with out; as, to
      weed out inefficiency from an enterprise. "Weed up thyme."
      --Shak.
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            Wise fathers . . . weeding from their children ill
            things.                               --Ascham.
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            Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more
            man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it
            out.                                  --Bacon.
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   3. To free from anything hurtful or offensive.
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            He weeded the kingdom of such as were devoted to
            Elaiana.                              --Howell.
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   4. (Stock Breeding) To reject as unfit for breeding purposes.
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