Carve
Carve Carve (k[aum]rv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Carved} (k[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Carving}.] [AS. ceorfan to cut, carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva, and to Gr. gra`fein to write, orig. to scratch, and E. -graphy. Cf. {Graphic}.] 1. To cut. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Or they will carven the shepherd's throat. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave. [1913 Webster]

Carved with figures strange and sweet. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

3. To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree. [1913 Webster]

An angel carved in stone. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone. --C. Wolfe. [1913 Webster]

4. To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion. ``To carve a capon.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting. [1913 Webster]

My good blade carved the casques of men. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

A million wrinkles carved his skin. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

6. To take or make, as by cutting; to provide. [1913 Webster]

Who could easily have carved themselves their own food. --South. [1913 Webster]

7. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan. [1913 Webster]

Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To carve out}, to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out. ``[Macbeth] with his brandished steel . . . carved out his passage.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Fortunes were carved out of the property of the crown. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • carve — [ka:v US ka:rv] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make object or pattern)¦ 2¦(cut something into a surface)¦ 3¦(cut meat)¦ 4¦(job/position/life)¦ 5¦(water/wind)¦ 6¦(reduce something)¦ Phrasal verbs  carve somebody/something<=>up ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin:… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Carve — Исполнитель Slipknot Альбом Демо 1996 года Дата выпуска 1 января 1996 Дата записи 1996 …   Википедия

  • carve — [kärv] vt. carved, carving [ME kerven < OE ceorfan < IE base * gerebh , to scratch: see GRAPHIC] 1. to make or shape by or as by cutting, chipping, hewing, etc. [carve a statue out of wood or stone, carve a career] 2. to decorate the… …   English World dictionary

  • carve — 1 *cut, slit, hew, chop, slash Analogous words: shape, fashion, form (see MAKE): *separate, divide, part 2 Carve, incise, engrave, etch, chisel, sculpture, sculpt, sculp are comparable when they denote to cut an outline or a shape out of or into… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • carve — ► VERB 1) cut into or shape (a hard material) to produce an object or design. 2) produce (a design or object) by carving. 3) cut (cooked meat) into slices for eating. 4) (carve out) develop (a career, reputation, etc.) through painstaking effort …   English terms dictionary

  • Carve — Carve, v. i. 1. To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carve — [ karv ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to make an object by cutting it from stone or wood: He carved a statue of her out of an old log. a ) transitive to produce a pattern or writing on the surface of something by cutting it: She carved… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carve — O.E. ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, pp. corfen) to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave, from W.Gmc. *kerfan (Cf. O.Fris. kerva, Du. kerven, Ger. kerben to cut, notch ), from PIE root *gerbh to scratch, making carve… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Carve — Carve, n. A carucate. [Obs.] Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carve — index create, disjoint, divide (distribute), parcel, part (separate), partition, split …   Law dictionary

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