shav·​ing | \ ˈshā-viŋ How to pronounce shaving (audio) \

Definition of shaving

1 : the act of one that shaves
2 : something shaved off wood shavings

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This was the night the A’s could have used a raucous celebration on the field, a bacchanal of wearable Gatorade and shaving-cream pies. Henry Schulman,, "A’s can’t deliver a happy ending to a rough day, lose to Rays," 21 June 2019 Foams are ubiquitous in everyday life, found in foods (whipped cream), beverages (beer, cappuccino), shaving cream and hair-styling mousse, packing peanuts, building insulation, flame-retardant materials, and so forth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Two new papers explore the complicated physics behind bubbles and foams," 19 June 2019 The measure, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic of Queens, is intended to address price disparities between men’s and women’s products that are essentially the same, such as shampoo, shaving cream, or razors., "Bain Capital raises $900 million for life sciences fund," 13 June 2019 Inject some style in dad’s morning routine with a traditional shaving kit. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 And in the bathroom, his toothbrush and a shaving kit remain. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Two Men Charged in Bronx Teacher’s Overdose Death," 8 Apr. 2018 As many as 50 men were on duty and tasked with shaving and trimming the walls and ceilings—usually with chain saws—to maintain the camp’s viability. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 Trendy in its attempt, the bowl loads banana chips, blueberries, strawberry shavings, and granola atop a bowl of sweet acai soft serve. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Talakoub likes the Cane + Austin Body Retexturing Body Pads before shaving and Tend Skin Lotion to reduce ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of shaving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shaving

: a very thin piece removed from something with a sharp tool


shav·​ing | \ ˈshā-viŋ\

Kids Definition of shaving

: a thin slice or strip sliced or trimmed off with a cutting tool wood shavings

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