Definition of Whittle
to reduce or gradually make something smaller, shorter ; carve
Use Whittle in a sentence
They need to whittle down the list of guests for the wedding ceremony.
The company has worked hard to whittle back the costs.
This rule is intended to whittle down the number of candidates to three.
I sit on the bench in Mallery’s workshop and watch him as he whittles and carves her breastbone into a violin neck.
It aims to whittle the annual deficit to about $287 billion in 2022.
The number of competitors is gradually whittled down until only the very fittest are left to contest the final laps.
The number of the committee will eventually be whittled down to 12 members and six alternates.
By mid-week, Congressional Republicans and the White House continued to whittle down their differences over how much to raise taxes.
By the end of November she has whittled the list to three topics.
The White House whittles down the “No Child Left Behind” education law.
The community has whittled its budget 9 percent over the past two years as the British government cut funds to municipalities.