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thinning (plural thinnings)
- (agriculture, forestry) Process of removing plants or parts of plants to facilitate the growth of other plants
- 1881, Indiana State Board of Agriculture, “Forestry”, in Annual Report of the Indiana State Board of Agriculture, page 232:
- The trimming, pruning and thinning must be managed with care. Some need more thinning than others.
- (agriculture, forestry) Wood, leaves, or other plant parts removed during the process of thinning
- 1878, Wisconsin State Horticultural Society, “Trees for the roadside and farm”, in Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society, page 59:
- but with a suitable mixture of early and late maturing kinds, the young hickories, ashs and larches can be utilized as thinnings, at a profit. In estimating the value of the thinnings upon the basis of Prof. Sargent's estimate of the acreage yield of hoop poles from hickory plantations,
- The action or result of reducing thickness, density, or number
- 1885, Robert Barnes, A System of Obstetric Medicine and Surgery, volume 2, page 614:
- It is highly likely that this thinning was not atrophic or pathological, but simply the thinning from stretching under the forces of labor, as Bandl and others explain it.