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. Garrett Rank:

    I followed my older brother to the golf course when we were 10 years old, he’s five years older than I am, and he did n’t really want his younger brother hanging out with him, so I managed to carve my path in golf.

  2. Unknown:

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

  3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook:

    We don't actually have a race. We go head-to-head. It's 16 drivers with a bracket league and knock-out rounds to a finale head-to-head, we had to carve out or own format and identity because it's quite messy already, so many series.

  4. Benjamin Lessing:

    Most of the violence has been in this region, the north and the northeast region, and it's a place where these gangs are actively fighting each other to achieve some kind of local hegemony or at least carve out space, it doesn't mean these gangs don't exist in the rest of Brazil -- they do, and there's violence in other parts of Brazil too related to these gangs. But it seems like where the fighting is very intense right now is in this north-northeast region.

  5. Conway Mayor Tab Townsell:

    It's awfully hard for us to carve out a niche as a tech industry city in a state that looks like it's actively promoting a discriminatory legal structure.

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