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razor

[rey-zer]
noun
1.
a sharp-edged instrument used especially for shaving the face or trimming the hair.
2.
an electrically powered instrument used for the same purpose.
verb (used with object)
3.
to shave, cut, or remove with or as if with a razor.
Idioms
4.
on the razor's edge, in a difficult or precarious position.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English rasour < Old French rasor, equivalent to ras(er) to raze + -or -or2

razorless, adjective
unrazored, adjective
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razor (ˈreɪzə)
 
n
1.  a sharp implement used esp by men for shaving the face
2.  on a razor's edge, on a razor-edge in an acute dilemma
 
vb
3.  (tr) to cut or shave with a razor
 
[C13: from Old French raseor, from raser to shave; see raze]

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Word Origin & History

razor
late 13c., from O.Fr. rasour "a razor" (12c.), from raser "to scrape, shave" (see raze). The use of razorback for a type of pig with a sharp ridge-like back dates from 1849.
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Razor definition


The Nazarites were forbidden to make use of the razor (Num. 6:5; Judg. 13:5). At their consecration the Levites were shaved all over with a razor (Num. 8:7; comp. Ps. 52:2; Ezek. 5:1).

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