• WordNet 3.6
    • v shave remove body hair with a razor
    • v shave touch the surface of lightly "His back shaved the counter in passing"
    • v shave cut closely "trim my beard"
    • v shave make shavings of or reduce to shavings "shave the radish"
    • v shave cut or remove with or as if with a plane "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
    • v shave cut the price of
    • n shave the act of removing hair with a razor
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Using the heel-shave Using the heel-shave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men in their early twenties shave an average of four times a week
    • Shave shāv obs. p. p. of Shave. "His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can."
    • Shave A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.
    • Shave A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave.
    • Shave 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.
    • Shave A thin slice; a shaving.
    • Shave An exorbitant discount on a note.
    • Shave The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave .
    • Shave To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices. "Plants bruised or shaven in leaf or root."
    • Shave 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.
    • Shave 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. "I'll shave your crown for this.""The laborer with the bending scythe is seen Shaving the surface of the waving green."
    • Shave To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing. "Now shaves with level wing the deep."
    • Shave To strip; to plunder; to fleece.
    • v. i Shave 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, a man spends about five months of his life shaving
    • shave To remove by a slicing, paring, or sliding action of a keen-edged instrument; especially, to remove by cutting close to the skin with a razor: sometimes with off: as, to shave the beard.
    • shave To make bare by cutting off the hair, or the like: as, to shave the chin or head; also, to remove the hair or beard of with a razor: as, to shave a man: often used figuratively.
    • shave To cut down gradually by taking off thin shavings or parings: as, to shave shingles or hoops.
    • shave To skim along or near the surface of; pass very close to; come very near touching or grazing. Compare shave, n., 3.
    • shave To strip; fleéce; cheat; swindle.
    • shave Synonyms and Peel, Shave off, etc. See pare, transitive verb
    • shave To remove the beard with a razor; use a razor in removing the beard or hair from the face or head.
    • shave To be hard or extortionate in bargains; specifically, to purchase notes or securities at a greater discount than is common.
    • n shave The act or operation of shaving; the being shaved.
    • n shave A shaving; a thin paring.
    • n shave Motion so close to something as almost to scrape or graze it; a very close approach; hence, an exceedingly narrow miss or escape: often with close or near.
    • n shave A knife with a long blade and a handle at each end, for shaving hoops, spokes (a spoke-shave), etc.; a drawing-knife, used by shoe-makers.
    • n shave In stock transactions, a premium or consideration paid for an extension of time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a contract in some particular.
    • n shave The proportion of receipts paid by a local theatrical manager to a traveling company or combination.
    • n shave One who is close or hard in bargaining; specifically, one who shaves notes.
    • n shave A trick; a piece of knavery, especially in money matters; hence, by extension, any piece of deception.
    • n shave A Middle English past participle of shave.
    • shave In hat-making, to rub down the outside of (a felt hat), as with pumice or sandpaper.
    • shave To remove a thin film of oxid from a metal surface, as of sheet-lead or lead-pipe, so as to expose a clean area to receive the solder in making a joint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cow is a Japanese brand of shaving foam
    • v.t Shave shāv 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 Shave to remove hair by a razor:—pa.p. shāved or shā′ven
    • n Shave the act of shaving: a paring: a narrow miss or escape: a piece of financial knavery
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “Commuter -- one who spends his life in riding to and from his wife; And man who shaves and takes a train, and then rides back to shave again.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.”
  • Samuel Hoffenstein
    Samuel Hoffenstein
    “Babies haven't any hair; Old men's heads are just as bare; between the cradle and the grave lie a haircut and a shave”
  • Lord Byron
    “There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.”


Close shave - If you have a close shave, you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Shave the soap thin and boil it with the whiting and water till dissolved.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
He opened the cabin door, and discovered on the floor a pile of shavings in flames.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Dressing, shaving, &c. Shaving with cold water.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
There had been many "close shaves" of rock and rapid, but no life had been lost.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Where are all the shavings gone?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Well enough to shave by means of a glass.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
If we can't, we must shave your head too.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
When writing home, you say simply that you wash and shave on alternate days.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
All that blessed morning he had been too busy, till then, to think of shaving.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Simmons had a terrible razor which would not shave, four boxes of matches and a small piece of soap.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson

In poetry:

And then I took
The shavings of the board the carpenter
Was working on, and flung them in the air,
And watched them streaming down.
"The Bird of Jesus" by Padraic Colum
AT the Last Day while all the rest
Are soundly sleeping underground,
He will be up clean-shaved and dressed
An hour before the Trumpets sound.
"A Very Early Riser" by Gerald Massey
But all eyes are turned on the beautiful bride
Her golden hair simply adorning
It’s her own you can tell - she had whiskers as well
But she shaved them all off this morning.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
Well, in this cause no sacrifice is vain;
But I believe that Beauty stands to gain:
And there's no doubt, when Britons do not shave,
They may not feel it, but they look more brave.
"Let's Face It" by A P Herbert
She tried to look brave (tho’ she wanted a shave)
And her tears mingled in with her laughter
Her face bore a trace of the ‘night before’
And a touch of the ‘morning after’.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett
She was taken by a galley with a crew of turbaned Moors,
Who shave men's crowns, and scourge them, and chain them to their oars,
Till they wear their lives out at the last in hard captivity —
All along the coast of Barbarie!
"The Coast Of Barbary-2" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Wily, who plays the proprietor of Wailoa Shave Ice and confidential informant, pauses for a family photo on the carpet lined with local, national and international media.
Muange shaves minutes off 2011 finish.
Julienne 's shaved asparagus salad with coppa.
Amy Kean reviews Dollar Shave Club.
Military judge orders Hasan to shave.
The revenue-strapped US Postal Service announced yet another way to cut costs: shave the delivery time on first class mail.
They always ask if I've shaved "the forest" yet.
Adam Jones gets a taste of his own medicine by getting a shaving cream pie from teammate Tommy Hunter after Thursday night's win.
Colts mascot Blue shaved the heads of two Colts cheerleaders during the 4th quarter on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Eli Roth, Shaving with our TA-2cm.
Military court rules Fort Hood shooting suspect must shave.
I'll shave moustache if Romney wins Minn. Return to Inside Politics.
Lee Mental Health President & CEO David Winters followed through on the friendly wager and did indeed shave his mustache .
Half of her hair was shaved short – if I remember correctly – the other half mopped over sideways.
The small man has a normal, adult-sized head and regularly shaves, but the rest of his body is small.

In science:

For example, letting P ′ be a regular tetrahedron in R3 , and P the result of “shaving off an edge” from P ′ with a generically tilted plane in R3 , one finds that N (P ) does not refine N (P ′ ).
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
Shaving a codimension two face of a simple polytope is equivalent to the stellar subdivision in an edge of the dual simplicial complex.
gamma-vectors of edge subdivisions of the boundary of the cross polytope
Volodin has shown that any d-dimensional flag nestohedron can be obtained from shaving codimension two faces of the d-dimensional cube.
gamma-vectors of edge subdivisions of the boundary of the cross polytope
Peak shaving capabilities of the constraint Pg (t) ≤ D and dynamic pricing will be illustrated in Section V.B.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
Since the maximum of the loads in Fig. 4 is around 1000(W ), we will illustrate the peak shaving capability of battery storage.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems