What does carve mean?

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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"


  1. carveverb

    To cut.

  2. carveverb

    To cut meat in order to serve it.

  3. carveverb

    To shape to sculptural effect.

  4. carveverb

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

  5. carveverb

    To produce something using skill.

  6. 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’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CARVEverb

    Etymology: ceorfan, Sax. kerven, Dutch.

    Taking the very refuse among those which served to no use, he hath carved it diligently when he had nothing else to do. Wisdom, xiii. 13.

    Had Democrates really carved mount Athos into a statue of Alexander the Great, and had the memory of the fact been obliterated by some accident, who could afterwards have proved it impossible, but that it might casually have been? Richard Bentley.

    Yet fearing idleness, the nurse of ill,
    In sculpture exercis’d his happy skill; And carv’d in iv’ry such a maid so fair,
    As nature could not with his art compare,
    Were she to work. Dryden.

    O Rosalind! these trees shall be my books,
    And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character;
    That every eye, which in this forest looks,
    Shall see thy virtue witness’d every where.
    Run, run, Orlando, carve on every tree,
    The fair, the chaste, the unexpressive she. William Shakespeare.

    He had been a keeper of his flocks, both from the violence of robbers and his own soldiers; who could easily have carved themselves their own food. South.

    How dares sinful dust and ashes invade the prerogative of providence, and carve out to himself the seasons and issues of life and death? South.

    The labourer’s share, being seldom more than a bare subsistence, never allows that body of men opportunity to struggle with the richer, unless when some common and great distress emboldens them to carve to their wants. John Locke.

    Or they will buy his sheep forth of the cote,
    Or they will carve the shepherd’s throat. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    Brave Macbeth, with his brandish’d steel,
    Like valour’s minion, carved out his passage. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Carveverb

    I do mean to make love to Ford’s wife; I spy entertainment in her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Well then, things handsomely were serv’d;
    My mistress for the strangers carv’d. Matthew Prior.


  1. carve

    Carving is the act of using tools to shape something from a material by scraping away portions of that material. The technique can be applied to any material that is solid enough to hold a form even when pieces have been removed from it, and yet soft enough for portions to be scraped away with available tools. Carving, as a means for making stone or wooden sculpture, is distinct from methods using soft and malleable materials like clay, fruit, and melted glass, which may be shaped into the desired forms while soft and then harden into that form. Carving tends to require much more work than methods using malleable materials. Kinds of carving include:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carveverb

    to cut

  2. Carveverb

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

  3. Carveverb

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

  4. Carveverb

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

  5. Carveverb

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

  6. Carveverb

    to take or make, as by cutting; to provide

  7. Carveverb

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

  8. Carveverb

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

  9. Carveverb

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

  10. Carvenoun

    a carucate

  11. 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

Anagrams for carve »

  1. caver

  2. crave

  3. varec

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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. Monica Viego-Rodriguez:

    I haven't even seen a truck nearby. Polls are still down lines are down, I really have no idea. And it's been slowly coming back around the metro area, but I feel like my area has been forgotten. She said she does n’t know what the future will bring. Right now, we're scared about Puerto Rico's future. This is really, really serious for us, we don't know what's going to happen with us in the future. We don't know if we're going to keep getting some aid some help – it's scary for us. Help from U.S. mainland power companies has been coming in waves for months. But Monica Viego-Rodriguez still hasn't seen a light come on anywhere in Monica Viego-Rodriguez neighborhood since the hurricanes hit last fall. Monica Viego-Rodriguez can only buy perishable foods for Monica Viego-Rodriguez family that they can eat the same day.There is nowhere to store food other than a cooler that she keeps filled with ice on her balcony. More than 470,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, causing an estimated $ 140 billion in damages. As Puerto Rico experiences the longest and most devastating blackout in American history, 1,000 utility trucks and 1,500 workers from 22 electric companies from all over the U.S. are arriving on the island this week to help the existing crews on the job restore power. As crews carve their way through the catastrophic damage, their progress is slow. But they met a major milestone this month when 1 million customers had their power restored, and utility crews say they won't stop until everyone is back on line. Help from U.S. mainland power companies has been coming in waves for months. But some Puerto Rico residents say they still haven't seen a light come on anywhere in their neighborhood since the hurricanes hit last fall. ( REUTERS) There is no set timeframe, we're just here for the long haul.

  2. Jim Manley:

    Her modus operandi has been to hang back and let the process play out. She is playing the long game, i am not sure what the future holds for her, but I think she is determined to carve out a role within the party for many years to come.

  3. Jeff Wyatt:

    We think we have a competitive offering, we think we can carve out and capture share within it. There are going to be many players within the space, but we think we are well-positioned to compete and grow the business.

  4. Patrick Burns:

    There is nothing in the protocol that says there is a carve-out for accounts referred to you from banking channels, i don’t know how the general public or the hiring firms are supposed to just know that.

  5. Katy Hansell:

    The employee enters into this conversation with a curious, teaming objective and may have formulated some ideas about what aspects of their job they would like to carve out and assign to a peer, if it is presented as an opportunity for the employee to devote more of their time and energy into the aspect of their job that they excel at, it becomes a win/win scenario for their boss.

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