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Definition of SHAVE

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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.
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     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 v.0.48 [gcide]

Shave \Shave\ (sh[=a]v),
     obs. p. p. of {Shave}. --Chaucer.
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           His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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.]
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     {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 v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

226 Moby Thesaurus words for "shave":
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