What does carve mean?

Definitions for carve
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carve(verb)

    form by carving

    "Carve a flower from the ice"

  2. carve, chip at(verb)

    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

    "carve one's name into the bark"

  3. carve, cut up(verb)

    cut to pieces

    "Father carved the ham"

Wiktionary

  1. carve(Verb)

    To cut.

    Etymology: kerven, from ceorfan, from kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

  2. carve(Verb)

    To cut meat in order to serve it.

    Etymology: kerven, from ceorfan, from kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

  3. carve(Verb)

    To shape to sculptural effect.

    Etymology: kerven, from ceorfan, from kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

  4. carve(Verb)

    To perform a series of turns without pivoting. When the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.

    Etymology: kerven, from ceorfan, from kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

  5. carve(Verb)

    To produce something using skill.

    Etymology: kerven, from ceorfan, from kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carve(verb)

    to cut

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Carve(verb)

    to cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Carve(verb)

    to make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Carve(verb)

    to cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Carve(verb)

    to cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Carve(verb)

    to take or make, as by cutting; to provide

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Carve(verb)

    to lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Carve(verb)

    to exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Carve(verb)

    to cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Carve(noun)

    a carucate

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carve

    kärv, v.t. to cut into forms, devices, &c.: to make or shape by cutting: to cut up (meat) into slices or pieces: to apportion or distribute: (Shak.) to speak with suavity.—v.i. to exercise the trade of a sculptor.—p.adj. Carv′en, carved.—ns. Carv′er, one who carves: a sculptor: a carving-knife; Carv′ing, the act or art of carving, a branch of sculpture usually performed on wood or ivory: the device or figure carved: the act or art of cutting up meat at table.—Carve out, to hew out: to gain by one's exertions.—Cut and carve, to refine. [A. S. ceorfan, to cut; Dut. kerven; Ger. kerben, to notch.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'carve' in Verbs Frequency: #1002

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carve in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of carve in a Sentence

  1. Brady Smith:

    We have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve.

  2. Phil Zahn:

    You have to build a lot of the small stores to move the needle, if they are trying to carve out a discounter niche it may not fit in Mexico or other emerging markets. So I have a feeling that is a ways down the road.

  3. Mahmoud Faqih:

    The politicians have always been in conflict on how to carve up the cake. This obstructs any reforms and reveals them as a bunch of liars to international opinion, the wide scope of these protests is evidence of the buildup of the crisis and that it is rubbing salt in the citizens' wounds.

  4. Margaret Hilda Thatcher:

    I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.

  5. Anna Pierce:

    As soon as you take off, you can see the path the glaciers took to carve out Niagara Falls, just seeing all that water rushing from one lake to the other is awe-inspiring.

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