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.

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