Pronunciation: (pēl), [key]
1. to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.: to peel an orange.
2. to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something: to peel paint from a car.
3. cause (another player's ball) to go through a wicket.

1. (of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off; become separated.
2. to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.
3. undress.
4. Metall.(of a malleable iron casting) to lose, or tend to lose, the outer layer.
5. keep one's eyes peeled, watch closely or carefully; be alert: Keep your eyes peeled for a gas station.
6. peel off,
a. to remove (the skin, bark, etc.) or be removed: The old skin peeled off.
b. leave a flying formation of aircraft with a banking turn, usually from one end of an echelon.
c. turn off or leave (a road): We peeled off the highway onto a dirt road.
d. to remove (clothing) in a swift upward or downward motion.

1. the skin or rind of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
2. Metall.the presence of a brittle outer layer on a malleable iron casting.


Pronunciation: (pēl), [key]
1. a shovellike implement for putting bread, pies, etc., into the oven or taking them out.
2. Metall.a long, shovellike iron tool for charging an open-hearth furnace.


Pronunciation: (pēl), [key]
a small fortified tower for residence or for use during an attack, common in the border counties of England and Scotland in the 16th century. Also,pele.


Pronunciation: (pēl), [key]
1. Sir Robert, 1788–1850, British political leader: founder of the London constabulary; prime minister 1834–35; 1841–46.
2. a seaport on W Isle of Man: castle; resort. 3295.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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