ra·​zor | \ ˈrā-zər How to pronounce razor (audio) \

Definition of razor

: a keen-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting hair

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The video then cuts to Samson standing with his father, holding a razor and doing a mock shave in the pattern his father told him to. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Gillette's New Ad Shows a Transgender Man's First Shave," 29 May 2019 Elsewhere, in some glamorous bathroom (with a Venus razor lingering on the tub!), Elle Fanning looked ever the lovely lady in a floral print dress with two silk ribbons in her hair. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Solange Wears a Naked Dress, SJP Is Shining," 4 May 2019 Getty Images Known for her dark brown pixie cut, Jenner switched up her signature 'do for a hot, razor-sharp blonde bob. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Kris Jenner Debuted a Hot New Look at the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 Electric razors are indeed allowed in checked bags and on flights. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Man Is Going Viral for Shaving His Head on a Flight," 23 Apr. 2019 The same goes for shaving, since your skin needs time to heal from any cuts or scrapes from the razor. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "11 Things to Avoid Doing Right Before Getting a Spray Tan," 10 Dec. 2018 Four patients obtained screws, paper clips, and a razor from a pencil sharpener and used them to harm themselves, the records say. Fred Clasen-kelly, Julianna Rennie And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teen alleges psych center therapist was 'touching me in a way I hated,' NC report says," 27 June 2018 There were crimson stains on the white headboard in the guest room and clumps of dark hair stuck to a razor in the bathroom. Marisa Gerber, latimes.com, "Graphic novelist sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee," 26 June 2018 The collection encourages customers to subscribe and engages people more deeply than a razor alone can, according to Peters. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of razor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for razor

Middle English rasour, from Anglo-French rasur, from raser to raze, shave — more at rase

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razor's edge



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English Language Learners Definition of razor

: a tool or device with a sharp edge that is used to shave or cut hair from the face, body, or head


ra·​zor | \ ˈrā-zər How to pronounce razor (audio) \

Kids Definition of razor

: a sharp cutting instrument used to shave off hair

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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