Shave
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 premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular. [Cant, U.S.] --N. Biddle. [1913 Webster]

4. A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave. [1913 Webster]

5. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Shave grass} (Bot.), the scouring rush. See the Note under {Equisetum}.

{Shave hook}, a tool for scraping metals, consisting of a sharp-edged triangular steel plate attached to a shank and handle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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 — [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

  • Shave — may refer fo: * to shave refers to the act of shaving * Shave, a song by Enon from their 2003 album Hocus Pocus …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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