What does shave mean?

Definitions for shave
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shave, shaving(verb)

    the act of removing hair with a razor

  2. shave(verb)

    remove body hair with a razor

  3. shave, trim(verb)

    cut closely

    "trim my beard"

  4. shave, knock off(verb)

    cut the price of

  5. plane, shave(verb)

    cut or remove with or as if with a plane

    "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"

  6. shave(verb)

    make shavings of or reduce to shavings

    "shave the radish"

  7. shave(verb)

    touch the surface of lightly

    "His back shaved the counter in passing"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shave

    obs. p. p. of Shave

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  2. Shave(verb)

    to cut or pare off from the surface of a body with a razor or other edged instrument; to cut off closely, as with a razor; as, to shave the beard

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  3. Shave(verb)

    to make bare or smooth by cutting off closely the surface, or surface covering, of; especially, to remove the hair from with a razor or other sharp instrument; to take off the beard or hair of; as, to shave the face or the crown of the head; he shaved himself

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  4. Shave(verb)

    to cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  5. Shave(verb)

    to skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  6. Shave(verb)

    to strip; to plunder; to fleece

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  7. Shave(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  8. Shave(verb)

    a thin slice; a shaving

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  9. Shave(verb)

    a cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  10. Shave(verb)

    an exorbitant discount on a note

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  11. Shave(verb)

    a premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  12. Shave(verb)

    a hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

  13. Shave(verb)

    the act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave

    Etymology: [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shave

    shāv, v.t. to cut off the hair with a razor: to pare closely: to make smooth by paring: to cut in thin slices: to skim along the surface: to strip, swindle.—v.i. to remove hair by a razor:—pa.p. shāved or shā′ven.n. the act of shaving: a paring: a narrow miss or escape: a piece of financial knavery.—ns. Shave′-grass, the scouring-rush; Shave′ling, a monk or friar, from his shaven crown; Shā′ver, one who shaves: a barber: a sharp or extortionate dealer: (coll.) a chap, youngster; Shā′ving, the act of shaving: that which is shaved or pared off; Shā′ving-bā′sin, -bowl, -brush, a basin, bowl, brush, used by persons shaving.—Close, or Near, shave, a very narrow escape. [A.S. sceafan, scafan; Dut. schaven, Ger. schaben, L. scabĕre, to scrape, Gr. skaptein, to dig.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shave

    A close run; a narrow escape from a collision.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shave in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shave in a Sentence

  1. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.:

    The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.

  2. David Letterman:

    I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I ’m sort of enjoying, i can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave.

  3. Markus Schaefer:

    If a certain production step takes 40 seconds, and data analysis finds a way to shave four seconds from the process, output can be increased by up to 10 percent, and it doesn't cost us anything.

  4. Ricki Lake:

    It was such a right of passage last year taking the leap of faith to shave my head, and my hair, thankfully, has grown back, and I learned so much through the process of really letting go of something that had been really bothering me for decades.

  5. Amy Stinnett:

    In order to fix the high and tight, I had to shave his head – like he has no hair.

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