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shaving

[shey-ving] /ˈʃeɪ vɪŋ/
noun
1.
Often, shavings. a very thin piece or slice, especially of wood.
2.
the act of a person or thing that shaves.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see shave, -ing1

shave

[sheyv] /ʃeɪv/
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.
Related forms
shavable, shaveable, adjective
reshave, verb, reshaved, reshaving.
unshavable, adjective
unshaveable, adjective
unshaved, adjective
well-shaved, adjective
Synonyms
7. brush, glance, touch.
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Examples from the web for shaving
  • Make a syrup by boiling seven minutes one cup sugar and one cup water with thin shaving from rind of a lemon.
  • He must see that the groom is dressed and ready early, and plaster him up if he cuts himself shaving.
  • Sometimes harmless products, such as lemon-scented shaving cream, fool the dogs.
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth or hand-washing dishes.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and shaving.
  • shaving the butter breaks it up and helps it melt faster.
  • Latex is obtained by tapping-cutting or shaving the bark with a sharp knife-and collecting the latex in cups.
  • Turn off the faucet while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • It used to be that you could bring shaving cream with you when boarding a plane, but they would take away your razor.
  • But if you're not changing your socks or shaving because it clearly helps your favorite team, go right ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for shaving

shaving

/ˈʃeɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
a thin paring or slice, esp of wood, that has been shaved from something
modifier
2.
used when shaving the face, etc: shaving cream

shave

/ʃeɪv/
verb (mainly transitive) shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved, shaven
1.
(also intransitive) 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
noun
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
Derived Forms
shavable, shaveable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for shaving
n.

"act of removing hair with a razor," also "thin slice taken off," late 14c., verbal noun from shave (v.).

shave

v.

Old English sceafan (strong verb, past tense scof, past participle scafen), "to scrape, shave, polish," from Proto-Germanic *skaban (cf. Old Norse skafa, Middle Dutch scaven, German schaben, Gothic skaban "scratch, shave, scrape"), from PIE *skabh-, collateral form of root *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (see scabies). Related: Shaved; shaving. 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.

n.

c.1600, "something shaved off;" from shave (v.); Old English sceafa meant "tool for shaving." Meaning "operation of shaving" is from 1838. Meaning "a grazing touch" is recorded from 1834. Phrase a close shave is from 1856, on notion of "a slight, grazing touch."

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Slang definitions & phrases for shaving

shaving

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point-shaving


shave

verb

To reduce: They've shaved the estimate a little (1898+)


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Idioms and Phrases with shaving

shave

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