- Often shavings. a very thin piece or slice, especially of wood.
- the act of a person or thing that shaves.
Origin of shaving
- to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
- 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; a shaving.
- any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.
Origin of shave
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Examples from the Web for shaving
Shaving your head is passe and even tattoos are fading as a personalized cultural statement.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
But shaving quickly became a hassle; the tedious measure of the day at work ahead.
We need to take a razor and make a boundary in the shaving foam, people.
Shaving: the most boring, tedious thing a man must do in his little retinue of personal upkeep chores.
There is a big difference between imagining not shaving and actually trying to not shave.Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies
July 9, 2014
"It came white after my shaving by a sainted barber in the Holy House," said Castell.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Either I shall go free, or I shall go to be made ready for shaving.Little Dorrit
I was shaving during this monologue of Mammy's, with my back to her.Southern Lights and Shadows
As he was shaving that morning, he had faltered in his resolution.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
"It was rather silly of you to hesitate," replied Pierre, who was shaving.The Fortune of the Rougons
- a thin paring or slice, esp of wood, that has been shaved from something
- used when shaving the face, etcshaving cream
- (also intr) to remove (the beard, hair, etc) from (the face, head, or body) by scraping the skin with a razor
- to cut or trim very closely
- to reduce to shavings
- to remove thin slices from (wood, etc) with a sharp cutting tool; plane or pare
- to touch or graze in passing
- informal to reduce (a price) by a slight amount
- US commerce to purchase (a commercial paper) at a greater rate of discount than is customary or legal
- the act or an instance of shaving
- any tool for scraping
- a thin slice or shaving
- an instance of barely touching something
- close shave informal a narrow escape
Word Origin and History for shaving
"act of removing hair with a razor," also "thin slice taken off," late 14c., verbal noun from 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.
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."
Idioms and Phrases with shaving
see close call (shave).