Definitions for: Shave

[n] the act of removing hair with a razor
[v] remove body hair with a razor
[v] touch the surface of lightly; "His back shaved the counter in passing"
[v] cut closely; "trim my beard"
[v] make shavings of or reduce to shavings; "shave the radish"
[v] cut slices from; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
[v] cut the price of

Webster (1913) Definition: Shave,
obs. p. p. of Shave. --Chaucer.

His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. --Chaucer.

Shave, v. t. [imp. Shaved;p. p. Shaved or Shaven;
p. pr. & vb. n. Shaving.] [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan,
sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw.
skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr.
????, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf.
Scab, Shaft, Shape.]
1. 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.

2. 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.

I'll shave your crown for this. --Shak.

The laborer with the bending scythe is seen Shaving
the surface of the waving green. --Gay.

3. To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices.

Plants bruised or shaven in leaf or root. --Bacon.

4. To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or
touch lightly, in passing.

Now shaves with level wing the deep. --Milton.

5. To strip; to plunder; to fleece. [Colloq.]

To shave a note, to buy it at a discount greater than the
legal rate of interest, or to deduct in discounting it
more than the legal rate allows. [Cant, U.S.]

Shave, v. i.
To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence,
to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to

Shave, n. [AS. scafa, sceafa, a sort of knife. See
Shave, v. t.]
1. A thin slice; a shaving. --Wright.

2. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.

(a) An exorbitant discount on a note. [Cant, U.S.]
(b) 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. [Cant, U.S.] --N. Biddle.

4. A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at
each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave.

5. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze;
as, the bullet missed by a close shave. [Colloq.]

Shave grass (Bot.), the scouring rush. See the Note under

Shave hook, a tool for scraping metals, consisting of a
sharp-edged triangular steel plate attached to a shank and

Synonyms: knock off, plane, shaving, trim

See Also: bring down, carve, crease, cut, cut, cut back, cut down, cut up, depilation, epilation, fleece, graze, groom, mark down, neaten, rake, razor, reduce, shear, skive, tonsure, tonsure, trim, trim back, trim down

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