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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In another, a 16-year-old boy testified in April 1982 that von Anhalt paid him to steal a white leather jacket, six crocodile belts, a walking cane and two shaving brushes from a department store. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Prince' of Hollywood: Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Widower Reveals His Hustler Past as He Auctions Her Belongings," 8 Mar. 2018 The small firm’s shaving products are designed for men with coarse or curly hair, like many people of color. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Big Beauty Taps Black-Owned Startups’ Loyal Customers," 11 Mar. 2019 In January 2018, David Beckham announced the launch of House 99, a men's grooming brand with 13 products like moisturizer, shaving cream, and hair stylers. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Is Launching Victoria Beckham Beauty This Fall," 13 Feb. 2019 This provides hot water for bathing, shaving, and laundering. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Millie previously shared the video of her shaving her head on Instagram and called it the most empowering moment of her life. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Says Shaving Her Head for "Stranger Things" Changed Her Life," 10 Sep. 2018 In considering why so many women do wear bras, Deborah relates it to the reasoning behind women wearing jewelry and makeup, and shaving. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Why You Don't Have to Wear a Bra," 30 Nov. 2018 And, lastly, no one found the Henry Cavill mustache fiasco funnier than Henry Cavill himself, who created a memorial video for it after shaving. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Spread whipped cream over pie and top with chopped peanuts and chocolate shavings. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Rocky Road Pie," 1 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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