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

  • noun A thin slice or sliver, as of wood or metal, that is shaved off.
  • noun The act of one that shaves.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who shaves; the removal of the beard or hair of the head with a razor; the use of a razor for removing the beard.
  • noun A thin slice pared off with a shave, a knife, a plane, or other cutting instrument; especially, a thin slice of wood cut off by a plane or a planing-machine.
  • noun In leather manufacturing, a process which follows skiving, and consists in removing inequalities and roughnesses by means of the curriers' knife, leaving the leather of uniform thickness, and with a fine smooth surface on the flesh side.
  • noun The act of fleecing or defrauding; swindling.

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

  • noun The act of one who, or that which, shaves; specifically, the act of cutting off the beard with a razor.
  • noun That which is shaved off; a thin slice or strip pared off with a shave, a knife, a plane, or other cutting instrument.
  • noun a brush used in lathering the face preparatory to shaving it.

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

  • noun A thin, shaved off slice of wood, metal, or other material.
  • verb Present participle of shave.

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

  • noun the act of brushing against while passing
  • noun the act of removing hair with a razor
  • noun a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something


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