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)
Origin: 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, and probably to L. Scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.
1. A thin slice; a shaving.
5. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave.
(Science: botany) Shave grass, 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.
Origin: AS. Scafa, sceafa, a sort of knife. See Shave.