SHAVE, verb transitive preterit tense shaved; participle passive shaved or shaven.
1. To cut or pare off something from the surface of the body by a razor or other edged instrument, by rubbing, scraping or drawing the instrument along the surface; as, tto shave the chin and cheeks; to shave the head of its hair.
He shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing. Numbers 6:9.
2. To shave off, to cut off.
Neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard. Leviticus 21:5.
3. To pare close.
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Shaves all the surface of the waving green. Gay.
4. To cut off thin slices; or tho cut in thin slices.
5. To skim along the surface near it; to sweep along.
He shaves with level wing the deep. Milton.
6. To strip; to oppress by extortion; to fleece.
7. To make smooth by paring or cutting off slices; as, to shave hoops or staves.
To shave a note. to purchase it at a great discount, a discount much beyong the legal rate of interest. [A low phrase.]
SHAVE, noun An instrument with a long blade and a handle at each end for shaving hoops, etc.; called also a drawing knife.