Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sharp-edged cutting instrument used especially for shaving or cutting hair, especially from the face or legs.
  • noun An electric device with vibrating or rotating blades used for shaving or cutting hair close to the skin.
  • transitive verb To shave, cut, or remove with a razor or similar cutting implement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To shave with a razor, as the face or chin; remove with a razor, as a beard.
  • noun A sharp-edged instrument used for shaving the face or head.
  • noun A tusk: as, the razors of a boar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or the head; also called a straight razor.
  • noun a device used for shaving, having a replaceable blade with a very sharp edge; also called safety razor. Also a similar device, made of plastic, in which the blade is neither replaceable nor can be sharpened, intended to be discarded after the blade dulls -- called a disposable razor.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A tusk of a wild boar.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The razor shell.
  • noun (Bot.) a West Indian plant (Scleria scindens), the triangular stem and the leaves of which are edged with minute sharp teeth.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the European goat-sucker.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any marine bivalve shell belonging to Solen and allied genera, especially Solen ensis (or Ensatella ensis), and Solen Americana, which have a long, narrow, somewhat curved shell, resembling a razor handle in shape. Called also razor clam, razor fish, knife handle.
  • noun Same as Novaculite.
  • noun a strap or strop used in sharpening razors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or other parts of the body.
  • noun Any tool or instrument designed for shaving.
  • noun The sharp tusk of a wild boar.
  • noun philosophy A conceptual device that allows one to shave away unlikely explanations for a phenomenon.
  • verb transitive To cut with a razor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb shave with a razor
  • noun edge tool used in shaving

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English rasor, from Old French, from raser, to scrape; see raze.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French rasour, from raser ("to scrape, to shave").

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