Often, shavings. a very thin piece or slice, especially of wood.
the act of a person or thing that shaves.

1325–75; Middle English; see shave, -ing1 Unabridged


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

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. Unabridged
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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
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]

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

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Word Origin & History

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.

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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Example sentences
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.
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.
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