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 Still, Sikh community organizations want health care workers to know there are alternatives to shaving. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Two Sikh doctors shaved their beards, a pillar of their religion, to treat Covid-19 patients. But community groups say there are alternatives," 16 May 2020 Lightly tossing whole romaine heart leaves with the dressing coats them evenly, and eating them like mini tacos filled with croutons and Parmesan shavings is way more fun than stabbing with a fork. Los Angeles Times, "All hail the old-school way of making Caesar salad," 5 May 2020 Once the cover is shiny, run a magnet around the inside to pick up stray metal shavings. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Care for Your Car's Differential," 18 Apr. 2020 This also means small things such as shaving and dressing up before coming to the desk for the day’s video calls. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "How to be a CEO-from-home amid coronavirus lockdown," 20 Apr. 2020 Make sure to get it all, because there could be some shavings hiding in the nooks and crannies. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Care for Your Car's Differential," 18 Apr. 2020 Feather sticks have longer wood shavings than fuzz sticks. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 Lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees and find other ways to cut hot water use like not letting the water faucet run when shaving or hand washing dishes. oregonlive, "Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with these easy green tips for home and garden," 14 Apr. 2020 Box Bedding An inexpensive, soft material such as hay or pin shavings offers a comfortable spot and easier cleaning. Caroline Collins Mckenzie, Country Living, "How to Raise Happy Chickens," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shaving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2020

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“Shaving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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