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 Unless your cutter is razor-sharp (and frankly, that sounds dangerous), the all-around downward pressure is going to squash the dough, meaning that the biscuits won't rise to their full potential in the oven. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Why You Won't Find Round Biscuits in My Kitchen," 17 Mar. 2020 Using a razor-sharp ½-inch chisel, cut away the remaining material in the half lap. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make an Heirloom Toolbox," 25 Feb. 2020 At Harry’s, its razors didn’t always make a clicking sound when blades snapped into place. Nat Ives, WSJ, "You’re Not Just Binge Watching Netflix. You’re Having an ‘Experience.’," 21 Feb. 2020 With assistant coaches Yoann Damet and Ivar van Dinteren presiding over managerial duties, FC Cincinnati's performance against Nashville lacked the sharpness, energy and razor-sharp passing of the prior week's victory against Philadelphia Union. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "MLS preseason: Nashville SC topples FC Cincinnati, 3-1," 17 Feb. 2020 The concept is to have people put down their razors and embrace their hair, which many cancer patients lose during chemotherapy. Allen Kim, CNN, "What is Movember or NoShavember anyway?," 1 Nov. 2019 Instead of solely focusing on the superior qualities of its razors, Gillette wanted to highlight its customers being their best person. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Procter & Gamble Exec on Staying Relevant—And That Gillette Ad," 17 Sep. 2019 Beitashour qualifies as something of an expert on facial hair, having harvested an impressive beard since setting aside his razor in the preseason. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Fear the beards: LAFC’s good luck charm is growing on them," 16 Aug. 2019 The deeper the Bruins go in the playoffs, the longer the bearded men in the locker room have to delay dusting off their razors. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "For Bruins, deep playoff runs become a hairy situation," 9 June 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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Razor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor. Accessed 7 Apr. 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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