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

Definition of razor

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

Examples of razor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shawn Clark makes the transition seamless, the offense will be razor-sharp, and bad things happen when UAB plays a good team. Pete Fiutak, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "College Football Betting Guide: 5 Best Big Game Bets - December 20, 21 Bowl Games," 19 Dec. 2019 The collection features metallic, reflective holographic materials and includes puffer jackets, joggers, a 2000s-inspired mini dress and a disco-ball blazer dress with razor-sharp shoulders. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Tommy Genesis Stars In The TIDAL x Bershka Capsule Collection Campaign," 22 Nov. 2019 These motorists will want to combine zero-emission commuting and daily driver practicality with razor-sharp GT styling and a chassis setup that is up there with the best of them. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Polestar 1 is a turbocharged, supercharged, plug-in hybrid enigma," 5 Nov. 2019 Strict development controls and ample farm subsidies have created razor-sharp edges between city and country in Germany, contrasting sharply with the chaotic commercial zones that sprawl away from the outskirts of our cities like cowflop on a rock. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.," 30 Oct. 2019 Yet there was no missing the thrill of this movement and its razor-sharp interchanges among sections of the orchestra. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Thursday’s CSO concert featured 2 debuts. One was impressive.," 10 Oct. 2019 Wait until February, when both practical skills and perceptiveness are razor-sharp, to make crucial financial and business decisions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 30, 2019: Leo, your imagination could be boundless; Scorpio make an effort to be clear," 30 Sep. 2019 The oilman and investor, known for his folksy character and razor-sharp wit, died Wednesday at the age of 91 at his home in Dallas. Cyrus Sanati, Fortune, "How Legendary ‘Raider’ T. Boone Pickens Changed the Oil Business—and Every Business," 14 Sep. 2019 Perryman ran the Spartans' (3-0, 1-0 Class 5A, Region 4) run-pass option offense with razor-sharp accuracy, finishing 26-for-31 for 434 yards and three touchdowns. al, "Pleasant Grove stays undefeated by beating Briarwood," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of razor was in the 14th century

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Razor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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