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Definition of the noun shave

What does shave mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shaves

  1. the act of removing hair with a razor
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of shave: shaving
    • more generic words: depilation / epilation = the act of removing hair
    • more specific word: tonsure = shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order

Alternative definition of the noun shave

noun

  1. An instance of shaving.

Definition of the verb shave

What does shave mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
 shavedshavedshavingshaves
 shavedshavenshavingshaves

  1. remove body hair with a razor
    • example: They shave their hair
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Marlene dressedVerbs of Grooming and Bodily Care: bathe, change, clothe, disrobe, dress, exercise, moisturize, preen, primp, shower, strip, sunbathe, tan, undress, wash
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teeth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, reflexive]Marlene dressed herself
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walkVerbs of Removing: buff, distill, expunge, expurgate, flush, leach, polish, purge, skim, smooth, soak, strain, trim, unload, weed, whisk, winnow, wring
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: groom / neaten = care for one's external appearance
    • more specific words:
      • razor = shave with a razor
      • tonsure = shave the head of a newly inducted monk
  2. cut closely
    • example: They shave their hair
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Marlene dressedVerbs of Grooming and Bodily Care: bathe, change, clothe, disrobe, dress, exercise, moisturize, preen, primp, shower, strip, sunbathe, tan, undress, wash
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teeth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, reflexive]Marlene dressed herself
      [Agent - being] [Verb]I flossedVerbs of Grooming and Bodily Care: brush, floss, wash
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teeth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]She flossed her teeth with floss
      [Agent - being] [Verb] with [Instrument]She brushed with a toothbrush
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walkVerbs of Removing: buff, distill, expunge, expurgate, flush, leach, polish, purge, skim, smooth, soak, strain, trim, unload, weed, whisk, winnow, wring
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of shave: trim
    • more generic word: cut = shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
    • more specific words: fleece / shear = shear the wool from
  3. cut the price of
  4. cut or remove with or as if with a plane
    • example: The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): buff, distill, expunge, expurgate, flush, leach, polish, purge, skim, smooth, soak, strain, trim, unload, weed, whisk, winnow, wring.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of shave: plane
    • more generic word: cut = separate with or as if with an instrument
  5. make shavings of or reduce to shavings
    • examples: shave the radish | The chefs shave the vegetables
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: carve / cut up = cut to pieces
  6. touch the surface of lightly
    • example: His back shaved the counter in passing
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: crease / graze / rake = scrape gently
    • more specific word: skive = remove the surface of

Alternative definition of the verb shave

verb

  1. [transitive] To make bald by using a tool such as a razor or pair of electric clippers to cut the hair close to the skin.
  2. [intransitive] To do the same to one's face.
  3. [transitive] To cut finely, as with slices of meat.

Specialised definition of the verb shave

Glossary of sports / luge

to shear off a thin, top layer of ice with the steels, usually caused by a slight, momentary loss of control

Film

"Shave" is a 2010 family drama film directed by Nancy Kissam.

Music

"Shave" is a musical single of Elevators.

  • released on (16 years ago)

Miscellanea

Shave is both a print and online men's-lifestyle magazine created by Shave Media Group. Shave also syndicates content through news portals, such as MSN.

Phrases with Shave

  1. after-shave lotion
  2. after-shave
  3. close shave

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shave

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Google previewMartin Scorsese (2008)

A Biography by Vincent LoBrutto

The Big Shave is a perplexing work. Without explanation or the cryptic clue offered by the “Viet '67” in the closing titles, which baffled the audience upon its completion and now, far removed from the personal and political context that holds its ...

Google previewProphecies and Protests (2007)

Ubuntu in Glocal Management by Henk van den Heuvel, Mzamo Mangaliso, Lisa van de Bunt

The innovative spirit The Wandering Spirit Shave is the spirit of an outsider who comes to the family or clan as a White Knight on a specific area or issue. This is an unusual individual who has a particular obsession and unique creative ability.

Google previewHigh Temperature Corrosion and Materials Chemistry 7 (2009)

by E. Wuchina

and 8 (ShAve is a function of ReL and thus gas velocity). The dashed lines in Fig. 1 show the evaporation rate from the model, with an activity of ...

Google previewThe Collected Writings of Michael Snow (2010)

by Michael Snow, Louise Dompierre

Short Shave is an amusing pause on the brink of surf of the now-historic Wavelength (1966-67), which, though frequently examined in print, was especially brilliantly discussed by Annette Michelson in a recent issue of this magazine (Ariforum, ...

Google previewMedicine and the Workhouse (2013)

by Jonathan Reinarz, Leonard Schwarz

Samantha Shave is a research associate in the Faculty of History at the University ...

Google previewFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, (1812)

As Well for the Champion Or Open Country, as for the Woodland Or Several; Together with A Book of Huswifery. Being a Calendar of Rural and Domestic Economy, for Every Month in the Year; and Exhibiting a Picture of the Agriculture, Customs, and Manners of England, in the Sixteenth Century by Thomas Tusser, William Fordyce Mavor

A shave is an instrument with two handles, for working down wood to its proper ...

Google previewThe Saturday Evening Post (1916)

The daily Gillette shave is a matter of course with the average business and professional man. A Gillette shave is quick and cool, safe and sanitary. It is velvet -smooth, no matter how wiry the beard or tender the skin. Adjust the handle for a light ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1981)

Volume 12 - Corrosion to Cottonseed by John J. McKetta Jr

Shave Cream — Brushless Brushless shave creams are similar to vanishing creams, with an excess of free fatty acid, usually stearic, emulsified into a nonalkaline base of suitable viscosity or consistency. Application is similar to a cream, with ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Catch Phrases (2003)

by Eric Partridge

shave, a shilling, (and) a shove ashore—a; also shit, shave, shove ashore. This RN ( lowerdeck) c.p. was applied tothe procedure and priorities of short leave. The shove ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Shave. the old form of shamefaced (which is properly an error), the -fast meaning " firmly fixed " or " restrained " (by shame). Sham 'rock, the symbol of Ireland, because it was selected by St. Patrick to illustrate to the Irish the doctrine of the ...

Google previewThe Slang Dictionary (1864)

Or, The Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and "fast" Expressions of High and Low Society. Many with Their Etymology, and a Few with Their History Traced by John Camden Hotten

SHAVE, a false alarm, a hoax, a sell. This was much used in the Crimea during the Russian ...

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Usage statistics about shave

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun shave:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb shave:

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Quotes about Shave

Every time I go and shave, I assume there's someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, 'I'm gonna go shave, too.' (Mitch Hedberg)
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Scrabble value of S1H4A1V4E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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