shave


shave
shave [shāv]
vt.
shaved, shaved or shaven, shaving [ME schaven < OE sceafan, akin to Ger schaben < IE base * (s)kab-, to cut > L scabere, to shave]
1. to cut or scrape away a thin slice or slices from [to shave the edge of a door]
2. to cut or scrape into thin sections or slices [shaved ham]
3.
a) to cut off (hair, esp. the beard) at the surface of the skin: often with off or away
b) to cut the hair to the surface of [to shave the chin, the legs, etc.]
c) to cut the beard of (a person)
4. to barely touch or just miss touching in passing; graze
5. to cut short or trim (grass, etc.) closely
6. to discount (a note, bill, etc.) by more than the legal or customary rate
7. Informal to lower (a price, rate, etc.) by a slight margin
vi.
to cut off hair or beard with a razor or shaver; shave oneself
n.
1. a tool used for cutting thin slices, as of wood, from a surface
2. something shaved or sliced off; shaving
3. the act or an instance of shaving the beard: See also CLOSE SHAVE

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
(close to the surface) / (as by cutting off hair closely), / , / , , , , (by extortion) / , , (in passing over)


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  • Shave — Shave, v. t. [imp. {Shaved} (sh[=a]vd);p. p. {Shaved} or {Shaven} (sh[=a]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaving}.] [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shave — Shave, n. [AS. scafa, sceafa, a sort of knife. See {Shave}, v. t.] 1. A thin slice; a shaving. Wright. [1913 Webster] 2. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving. [1913 Webster] 3. (a) An exorbitant discount on a note. [Cant, U.S.] (b) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shave — (sh[=a]v), obs. p. p. of {Shave}. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Shave — Shave, v. i. To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence, to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shave — index decrease, minimize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shave — vb *brush, graze, glance, skim Analogous words: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): *escape, avoid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shave — The verb has a past form and past participle shaved, but the adjectival form is normally shaven, as in clean shaven …   Modern English usage

  • shave — [v] cut outer covering off barber, brush, clip, crop, cut, cut back, cut down, decorticate, graze, kiss, make bare, pare, peel, plane, prune, shear, shingle, shred, skim, skin, slash, slice thin, sliver, strip, touch, trim; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • shave — ► VERB 1) cut the hair off one s face with a razor. 2) cut the hair off (part of the body) with a razor. 3) cut (a thin slice or slices) off something. 4) reduce by a small amount. 5) pass or send something very close to. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary