Definition of Razor

1. Noun. Edge tool used in shaving.

Generic synonyms: Edge Tool
Terms within: Razorblade
Specialized synonyms: Safety Razor, Electric Razor, Electric Shaver, Shaver, Straight Razor

2. Verb. Shave with a razor.
Generic synonyms: Shave

Definition of Razor

1. n. A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or the head.

Definition of Razor

1. Noun. A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or other parts of the body. ¹

2. Noun. Any tool or instrument designed for shaving. ¹

3. Noun. The sharp tusk of a wild boar. ¹

4. Noun. (philosophy) A conceptual device that allows one to shave away unlikely explanations for a phenomenon. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cut with a razor. ¹

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Definition of Razor

1. to shave or cut with a sharp-edged instrument [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Razor

1. 1. A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or the head. "Take thee a barber's rasor." 2. A task of a wild boar. Razor fish. A small Mediterranean fish (Coryphaena novacula), prized for the table. The razor shell. Razor grass, any marine bivalve shell belonging to Solen and allied genera, especially Solen, or Ensatella, ensis, and Americana, which have a long, narrow, somewhat curved shell, resembling a razor handle in shape. Called also rasor clam, razor fish, knife handle. Razor stone. Same as Novaculite. Razor strap, or razor strop, a strap or strop used in sharpening razors. Origin: OE. Rasour, OF. Rasur, LL. Rasor: cf. F. Rasoir, LL. Rasorium. See Raze, Rase. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Razor

razor (current term)
razor-billed auk
razor blade
razor blades
razor clam
razor clams
razor edge
razor fish
razor shell
razor shells

Literary usage of Razor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Thomas Bayly Howell by Thomas Bayly Howell (1816)
"Whereas, he had but a little before that sworn before the coroner, that he delivered this razor to my lord the very morning my lord died. .Im:,'. ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1798)
"Let him then lay one side of the razor flat across the hone, and so that the shoulder of the razor (which adjoins the heel) may touch the nearest part of it ..."

3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"The Common Murre (Uria traille) and the razor-billed Auk (Alca tordu) on the New England Coast.—Among some birds received bv Mr. FB Webster from a gunner at ..."

4. Cobbett's Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High William Cobbett, David Jardine by William Cobbett, David Jardine (1811)
"Those contradictions (relating to the delivery of this razor to my lord) strongly prove, that no such razor was delivered to iny lord ..."

5. Natural History of Man: Being an Account of the Manners and Customs of the by John George Wood (1874)
"The razor was invented by a brother of the late Cing Gezo. By the side of the razor is shown one of the war-drums of the Amazons. Joth of these instruments ..."

6. The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction by Reuben Percy, John Timbs (1839)
"When a razor requires setting, the following is the most approved mode. The first thing that should be done is to prepare the hone by wiping it clean ..."

7. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"I THE razor SELLER A FELLOW in a market town, Most musical, cried razors up and down, And offered twelve for eighteen-pence; Which certainly seemed wondrous ..."

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