1. [syn: shaven, shaved]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shave \Shave\, v. t. [imp. Shaved (sh[=a]vd);p. p. Shaved or
Shaven (sh[=a]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaving.] [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. ska`ptein, and probably to L.
scabere to scratch, to scrape. Cf. Scab, Shaft, Shape.]
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.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having the beard or hair cut off close to the skin [syn:
shaven, shaved] [ant: unshaved, unshaven]