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.
Shave obs. p. p. of Shave.
His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. --Chaucer.
Shave, v. t. [imp. Shaved p. p. Shaved or Shaven p. pr. & vb. n. Shaving.]
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.
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. [Colloq.]
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.]
1. A thin slice; a shaving.
2. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.
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.]
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. [Colloq.]
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.
n : the act of removing hair with a razor [syn: shaving]
v 1: remove body hair with a razor
2: cut closely; "trim my beard" [syn: trim]
3: cut the price of [syn: knock off]
4: cut or remove with or as if with a plane; "The machine
shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood" [syn: plane]
5: make shavings of or reduce to shavings; "shave the radish"
6: touch the surface of lightly; "His back shaved the counter