shav·ing | \ˈshā-viŋ \

Definition of shaving 

1 : the act of one that shaves

2 : something shaved off wood shavings

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The sticky, cylindrical rice-cake street-food snacks ddeokbokki are treated like a composed pasta, grilled to offset their inherent chewiness and blanketed with lamb neck ragu and Parmesan shavings. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Ancient Mesopotamians, notably the Sumerians, went through many centuries of shaving. Luke O'neil, Esquire, "Your Beard Is Saying a Lot More Than You Think," 20 Jan. 2016 As a result, women have simply been underserved in this category, and women’s shaving products not only lack innovation but also cost more for no logical reason. Georgina Gooley, Time, "How the Founder of Billie Razors Is Disrupting the Male-Dominated Shaving Industry," 12 July 2018 The tip: Soothe sunburn with menthol shaving cream, specifically Gillette Foamy Menthol. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This DIY Sunburn Hack Involving Shaving Cream Is Going Viral — and Derms Approve of It," 27 June 2018 More than $24,000 was raised at the Looney’s event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation — the money goes to fund research of children’s cancer, the head-shaving is done to show solidarity with cancer patients. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Shaving heads, a few beards, to benefit children's cancer research," 14 Mar. 2018 Soon after, three players admitted to shaving points as part of a national gambling scandal that covered nearly 500 players over a five-year span. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Louisville first to vacate title, but not first to vacate Final Four," 25 Feb. 2018 Sphynx's nifty shaving pod contains a blade, backup blade, a shea butter moisturizing bar, and a refillable water spray bottle. Southern Living, "This Razor Pod Will Make Sure You Never Say, "Missed a Spot" Again," 23 Feb. 2018 The family returned to find the house in shambles and a shaving kit full of syringes and meth. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "After a record year for property crime in Anchorage, car thefts are skyrocketing in 2018," 28 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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