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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shave, shavingverb

    the act of removing hair with a razor

  2. shaveverb

    remove body hair with a razor

  3. shave, trimverb

    cut closely

    "trim my beard"

  4. shave, knock offverb

    cut the price of

  5. plane, shaveverb

    cut or remove with or as if with a plane

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

  6. shaveverb

    make shavings of or reduce to shavings

    "shave the radish"

  7. shaveverb

    touch the surface of lightly

    "His back shaved the counter in passing"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Shaveverb

    preterit shaved, part. shaved or shaven.

    Etymology: sceafan , Saxon; schaeven, Dutch.

    He that is to be cleansed shall shave off all his hair. Levit.

    Zelim was the first of the Ottomans that did shave his beard: a bashaw ask’d why he alter’d the custom of his predecessors? He answered, because you bashaws may not lead me by the beard, as you did them. Francis Bacon.

    Dost thou not know this shaven pate? Truly it is a great man’s head. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    I caused the hair of his head to be shaved off. Richard Wiseman.

    Sweet bird!
    Thee chauntress, oft the woods among,
    I wooe to hear the evening song:
    And missing thee, I walk unseen
    On the dry smooth shaven green. John Milton.

    The bending scythe
    Shaves all the surface of the waving green. John Gay.

    He shaves with level wing the deep; then soars
    Up to the fiery concave tow’ring high. John Milton.

    Make some medley of earth, with some other plants bruis’d or shaven in leaf or root. Francis Bacon.


  1. shave

    To shave is the act of removing hair from the skin surface, usually with a razor or shaver. It typically refers to the practice of removing facial hair but can also apply to other parts of the body. This practice can be done for personal grooming, hygiene, or cultural, religious and aesthetic reasons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shave

    obs. p. p. of Shave

  2. Shaveverb

    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

  3. Shaveverb

    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

  4. Shaveverb

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

  5. Shaveverb

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

  6. Shaveverb

    to strip; to plunder; to fleece

  7. Shaveverb

    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

  8. Shaveverb

    a thin slice; a shaving

  9. Shaveverb

    a cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving

  10. Shaveverb

    an exorbitant discount on a note

  11. Shaveverb

    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

  12. Shaveverb

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

  13. Shaveverb

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

  14. 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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHAVE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shave is ranked #61899 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shave surname appeared 324 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shave.

    93.8% or 304 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  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. 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.

  2. Dana White:

    I said (to Rogan) listen, I have no smell, which probably means I have no taste. He said as soon as you get up in the morning get tested. So I get up 9 o’clock Monday morning, get tested. I test positive. He said get monoclonal antibodies in you as soon as possible so I did. By noon, I had the monoclonal antibodies in me and then he told me to do an NAD drip. I did that right after, tuesday, I get ready to shave, cleaning my razor, I can smell the alcohol. My taste and smell were back by the next day at 11 o’clock in the morning. Then, I took a dose of ivermectin. Yesterday, then I did a vitamin drip and then today I’m doing another NAD drip. Could not feel better. Feel like a million bucks. I’m doing two-a-day workouts by the way, too, for the next 10 days while I have COVID, and you know I’m in quarantine, and yeah, I got my smell and taste back in less than 24 hours.

  3. Sheilagh Maguiness:

    Whether Stryke Club’s young sensitive skin, or acne, eczema or their first shave, boys have specific skin needs, we also have to help them overcome this stigma about being a boy and engaging in self care.

  4. Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz:

    We give them a proper shave, they will take a shower, winter clothing and treatment will follow, we will return them as normal members of society.

  5. Sidney Powell:

    Different states shaved different amounts of votes, or the system was set up to shave and flip different votes in different states, some people were targeted as individual candidates. It’s really the most massive and historical egregious fraud the world has ever seen.

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