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Definitions of shave

  1. To make smooth by scraping; remove, as beard, with a razor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To slice very thin; graze past; skim along the surface of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To cut or pare off from the surface of a body with a razor or other edged instrument; to cut off closely, as with a razor; as, to shave the beard. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To strip; to plunder; to fleece. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A thin slice; a shaving. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An exorbitant discount on a note. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To cut or pare, as with a razor; to remove, as hair from the face or head, with a razor; to remove the hair from; cut in thin slices; skim along the surface of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To cut off the hair with a razor: to pare closely: to make smooth by paring: to cut in thin slices: to skim along the surface: to strip:-pa.p. shaved or shaven. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To pare off; slice; cut off the hair or beard with a razor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To use the razor to remove hair; to practice cheating or to drive a hard bargain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. cut the price of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. touch the surface of lightly; "His back shaved the counter in passing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. make shavings of or reduce to shavings; "shave the radish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. cut or remove with or as if with a plane; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. obs. p. p. of Shave. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To make bare or smooth by cutting off closely the surface, or surface covering, of; especially, to remove the hair from with a razor or other sharp instrument; to take off the beard or hair of; as, to shave the face or the crown of the head; he shaved himself. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To cut or pare off with a razor or other edged instrument; to cut in thin slices; to sweep along; to fleece; to oppress by extortion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To cut or pare off something from a surface with any edged tool; to cut off close to the surface; to remove the growth of hair from the chin, &c., with a razor; to cut off thin slices; to strip; to oppress by extortion; to skim along a surface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Shaving. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. A thin slice; the operation of removing hair with a razor; an instrument for shaving hoops, etc.; colloquially, a narrow escape; as, a close shave. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. The act of shaving. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A blade, with two handles, for shaving wood, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A shaving. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A getting shaved; a slice; an instrument with a long blade and a handle at each end, for shaving hoops, &c. Close shave, a narrow escape. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. An edged tool used for shaving wood, as hoops, &c.; familiarly, the act or process of removing the hair from the chin, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. Shaved. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Shaved or shave. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for shave

  1. I did not shave my beard, and Anna Gertrude, my wife, rejoiced at her Andy's beard instead of being angry at it, and thought it made her husband look a great deal better. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  2. Men shave for instance, though nature intended them to wear hair on the face. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
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