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 to dig, Gr. ska`ptein, and probably to L. scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. {Scab}, {Shaft}, {Shape}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

I'll shave your crown for this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The laborer with the bending scythe is seen Shaving the surface of the waving green. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

3. To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices. [1913 Webster]

Plants bruised or shaven in leaf or root. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing. [1913 Webster]

Now shaves with level wing the deep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To strip; to plunder; to fleece. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{To shave a note}, to buy it at a discount greater than the legal rate of interest, or to deduct in discounting it more than the legal rate allows. [Cant, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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

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  • 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 — [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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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  • 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

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