shav·​ing | \ ˈshā-viŋ \

Definition of shaving

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

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Additionally, foaming cleansers, gels, and shaving creams can also exacerbate dryness, so stick to cleansers that hydrate. 7. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 Mailata’s highlights, which are really something to see, looked like fifth-grade playground maul ball with all your friends and the one big kid who had been held back twice and was already shaving. Bob Ford,, "Eagles have a different NFL draft … and maybe a good one | Bob Ford," 30 Apr. 2018 Just 30 minutes between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and another 45 between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, shaving off a third of the typical travel time by car. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riding the Brightline, America’s Train of the Future," 25 Sep. 2018 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 Target is refurbishing its physical stores and adding products from online brands such as Harry’s, the subscription shaving club. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Retail Stores Win Back Shoppers, Not Profits," 23 Nov. 2018 Wood Shavings Packing: The by-product of hand-planing lumber, wood shavings are an excellent and clean packing material. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Waste Not: 6 Things You Can Do With Sawdust and Wood Shavings," 20 Nov. 2018 Could a product that looked like deodorant really help my shaving woes? Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "I Tried David Beckham's House 99 Sharp Cut Shaving Stick on My Legs," 12 Oct. 2018 Jim Facteau, a former Clinton corrections officer, advised on details such as making sure the commissary sold powder shaving cream since aerosol cans are banned. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Ben Stiller Goes Behind Bars for Showtime Series," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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