re shave

shave

[sheyv]
verb (used without object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shaven, shaving.
1.
to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
verb (used with object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shaven, shaving.
2.
to remove hair from (the face, legs, etc.) by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.
3.
to cut off (hair, especially the beard) close to the skin with a razor (often followed by off or away ).
4.
to cut or scrape away the surface of with a sharp-edged tool: to shave hides in preparing leather.
5.
to reduce to shavings or thin slices: to shave wood.
6.
to cut or trim closely: to shave a lawn.
7.
to scrape, graze, or come very near to: The car just shaved the garage door.
8.
Commerce. to purchase (a note) at a rate of discount greater than is legal or customary.
9.
to reduce or deduct from: The store shaved the price of winter suits in the spring.
noun
10.
the act, process, or an instance of shaving or being shaved.
11.
a thin slice; shaving.
12.
any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English schaven, schafen, Old English sc(e)afan; cognate with Dutch schaven to plane (a plank), abrade (the skin), Low German schaven, German schaben, Old Norse skafa to scrape, Gothic skaban to shear, shave; (noun) Middle English schave tool for shaving, Old English sc(e)afa, derivative of the v.

shavable, shaveable, adjective
reshave, verb, reshaved, reshaving.
unshavable, adjective
unshaveable, adjective
unshaved, adjective
well-shaved, adjective


7. brush, glance, touch.
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shave (ʃeɪv)
 
vb , shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved, shaven
1.  (also intr) to remove (the beard, hair, etc) from (the face, head, or body) by scraping the skin with a razor
2.  to cut or trim very closely
3.  to reduce to shavings
4.  to remove thin slices from (wood, etc) with a sharp cutting tool; plane or pare
5.  to touch or graze in passing
6.  informal to reduce (a price) by a slight amount
7.  (US) commerce to purchase (a commercial paper) at a greater rate of discount than is customary or legal
 
n
8.  the act or an instance of shaving
9.  any tool for scraping
10.  a thin slice or shaving
11.  an instance of barely touching something
12.  informal close shave a narrow escape
 
[Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape]
 
'shavable
 
adj
 
'shaveable
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

shave
O.E. sceafan "to scrape, shave, polish," from P.Gmc. *skabanan (cf. O.N. skafa, M.Du. scaven, Ger. schaben, Goth. skaban), from PIE *skabh-, collateral form of base *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (cf. Gk. skaptein "to dig," L. scabere "to scratch, scrape;" see
shear). Original strong verb status is preserved in past tense form shaven. Specifically in reference to cutting the hair close from mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to strip (someone) of money or possessions" is attested from late 14c.

shave
1604, "something shaved off;" from shave (v.); O.E. sceafa meant "tool for shaving." Meaning "a grazing touch" is recorded from 1834. Shaver "one who shaves" is recorded from c.1425; sense of "fellow, chap" is slang from 1592; phrase a close shave is from 1856, on notion of
"a slight, grazing touch."
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