Shave

Definition of Shave

Pronunciation: shāvd
obs. p. p.1.obs. p. p. of Shave.
His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can.
- Chaucer.
v. t.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.
[imp. Shaved (shāvd);p. p. Shaved or Shaven (shāv"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaving.]
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.
I'll shave your crown for this.
- Shak.
The laborer with the bending scythe is seen
Shaving the surface of the waving green.
- Gay.
3.To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices.
Plants bruised or shaven in leaf or root.
- Bacon.
4.To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing.
Now shaves with level wing the deep.
- Milton.
5.To strip; to plunder; to fleece.
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.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.A thin slice; a shaving.
2.A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.
3.An exorbitant discount on a note.
4.A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave.
5.The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave.
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.

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