razor

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English[edit]

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a straight shaving razor

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French rasour, from raser (to scrape, to shave).

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Noun[edit]

razor (plural razors)

  1. A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or other parts of the body.
  2. Any tool or instrument designed for shaving.
  3. The sharp tusk of a wild boar.
  4. (philosophy) A conceptual device that allows one to shave away unlikely explanations for a phenomenon.

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Verb[edit]

razor (third-person singular simple present razors, present participle razoring, simple past and past participle razored)

  1. (transitive) To cut with a razor.
    • 2008 April 13, Sara Corbett, “Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?”, New York Times:
      He might be busy examining the advertisements for prostitutes stuck up in a São Paulo phone booth, or maybe getting his ear hairs razored off at a barber shop in Vietnam.

References[edit]

  • razor” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).