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Definitions for calve
kæv, kɑvcalve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calve, break upverb

    release ice

    "The icebergs and glaciers calve"

  2. calve, have youngverb


    "the whales calve at this time of year"


  1. calveverb

    To give birth to a calf.

  2. calveverb

    To assist the giving of birth of a calf.

  3. calveverb

    Especially of an iceberg, glacier, etc. to break off or shed a large piece.

    "The sea was dangerous because of icebergs calving off the nearby glacier."

  4. Etymology: Verb form related to calf

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Calveverb

    Etymology: from calf.

    When she has calv’d, then set the dam aside,
    And for the tender progeny provide. John Dryden, Virgil.

    I would they were barbarians, as they are,
    Though in Rome litter’d; not Romans: as they are not;
    Though calved in the porch o’ th’ capitol. William Shakespeare, Coriolan.

    The grassy clods now calv’d, now half appear’d
    The tawny lion, pawing to get free
    His hinder parts. Paradise Lost, b. vii. l. 463.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calveverb

    to bring forth a calf

  2. Calveverb

    to bring forth young; to produce offspring

  3. Etymology: [AS. cealfian. See Calf.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calve

    käv, v.i. to bring forth a calf. [A.S. cealfian. See Calf.]

Editors Contribution

  1. calve

    To give birth to a calf.

    The cows did tend to calve during the night.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. clave

  2. cavel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. flapper
    • B. scalawag
    • C. subrogation
    • D. viverrine

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