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Definitions of shave

  1. cut the price of
  2. remove body hair with a razor
  3. touch the surface of lightly; " His back shaved the counter in passing"
  4. make shavings of or reduce to shavings; " shave the radish"
  5. cut or remove with or as if with a plane; " The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
  6. obs. p. p. of Shave.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices.
  10. To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing.
  11. To strip; to plunder; to fleece.
  12. A thin slice; a shaving.
  13. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.
  14. An exorbitant discount on a note.
  15. 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.
  16. A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave.
  17. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave.
  18. 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.
  19. To use the razor to remove hair; to practice cheating or to drive a hard bargain.
  20. 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.
  21. Shaved.
  22. Shaved or shave.
  23. Shaving.
  24. 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.
  25. To pare off; slice; cut off the hair or beard with a razor.
  26. To make smooth by scraping; remove, as beard, with a razor.
  27. To slice very thin; graze past; skim along the surface of.
  28. The act of shaving.
  29. A blade, with two handles, for shaving wood, etc.
  30. A shaving.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. An edged tool used for shaving wood, as hoops, & c.; familiarly, the act or process of removing the hair from the chin, & c.
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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
  3. Time for a shave before lunch, steward? – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  4. I might as well shave a lion. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  5. He does not know what a narrow shave he has had. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  6. Hearing this, the Sultan summoned attendants to wash Marko, to cut his hair, to shave him and to trim his nails. – Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians by Woislav M. Petrovitch
  7. Howsomever, a cove may shave, and no harm done; or his hair may grow a bit, and how can he help it? – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  8. " I will shave at eight," said Mr. Cibber. – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  9. Then you scrape the wire, just as you shave records to use it over again? – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  10. He was going to have a shave and a decent cup of coffee and eat off his own table, or know the reason why, he promised himself while he slapped the saddle on Rattler. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  11. The Barber Barber, barber, shave a pig, How many hairs will make a wig? – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  12. Then one morning I told her I was going out for a shave. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  13. About this time Lawrence was saying: That was a mighty close shave, Dan. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  14. Now I didn't know I was going to write poetry or I should have let my hair grow long like a poet instead of going to the barber for a shave. – Billy Bunny and Uncle Bull Frog by David Magie Cory
  15. I'm going to shave. – The Ramblin' Kid by Earl Wayland Bowman
  16. That- that- was a narrow shave! – Littlebourne Lock by F. Bayford Harrison
  17. Carl Golden needed a shave badly. – Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse
  18. Truly now, if it be in man to shave Shagpat, the hand of this barber will do it! – The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete by George Meredith
  19. We should have a close shave if anything gave way above us. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
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