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

Examples of shaving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One, by the influencer Jaclyn Hill on the topic of dermaplaning, or facial shaving, caught her eye. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Female Face Shaving is More Common Than You Think," 17 Apr. 2021 There are two ice shaving and crushing settings for a snowy or slushie ice texture. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Margarita Maker," 16 Apr. 2021 That being said, below are seven of our favorite shaving and dermaplaning tools for at-home use. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The Best Face Shavers for Removing Peach Fuzz," 24 Mar. 2021 This method of face shaving, designed to leave the skin on your face smoother and glowier, started out as an in-office practice with skin pros wielding surgical-grade razors. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "At-Home Dermaplaning: An Esthetician's Guide," 12 Mar. 2021 And after years of promoting plucking, shaving and threading, the beauty industry put bushy eyebrows back on trend. NBC News, "Shamed for body hair growing up, Desi women now challenging racist standards," 4 Mar. 2021 These include soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, towels, sheets, bleach, disinfectant wipes and sprays, detergent pods, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, lotion, socks, dryer sheets, masks, blankets and pillows. Arkansas Online, "Calendar 4-11-21," 11 Apr. 2021 The $9 razor provides such a close shave and silky smooth results that shaving is actually worth the chore. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "This $9 Razor Subscription Gives Me The Closest Shave I’ve Ever Had," 9 Apr. 2021 Once the shaving cream has set, blot it up with a dry white cloth. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, "10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of shaving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shaving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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