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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"


  1. carve(Verb)

    To cut.

  2. carve(Verb)

    To cut meat in order to serve it.

  3. carve(Verb)

    To shape to sculptural effect.

  4. carve(Verb)

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

  5. carve(Verb)

    To produce something using skill.

  6. Origin: 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

  2. Carve(verb)

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

  3. Carve(verb)

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

  4. Carve(verb)

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

  5. Carve(verb)

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

  6. Carve(verb)

    to take or make, as by cutting; to provide

  7. Carve(verb)

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

  8. Carve(verb)

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

  9. Carve(verb)

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

  10. Carve(noun)

    a carucate

  11. Origin: [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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  1. caver

  2. crave

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  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. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:

    Carve every word before you let it fall.

  2. Unknown:

    Write Own Worries In The Sand,Carve Own Blessings In The Stone

  3. Tu Le:

    I'm not sure if they'll be able to carve out a position in the market.

  4. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Speak clearly, if you speak at all carve every word before you let it fall.

  5. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

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