What does carve mean?

Definitions for carve
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carveverb

    form by carving

    "Carve a flower from the ice"

  2. carve, chip atverb

    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

    "carve one's name into the bark"

  3. carve, cut upverb

    cut to pieces

    "Father carved the ham"

Wiktionary

  1. carveverb

    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. carveverb

    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. carveverb

    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. carveverb

    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. carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carveverb

    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. Carvenoun

    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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  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:

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

  2. John Stineman:

    The more money you have, the more chances you get, you could not win one of the carve-outs and still have a shot if you have more than $50 million.

  3. Jerome Kemp:

    I believe every one of our clients has the right to expect the information they share with us ... is protected by confidentiality. There would be no carve out in respect to a central bank or any other client.

  4. Richard Allan:

    The convenience ... we understand why they want that, but we could not find any way to carve that out without opening up opportunities nobody would want to see.

  5. Craig Federighi:

    With Focus, you can carve out time in your day for work and personal life.

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