- to give birth to (a calf)
- to release (a mass of ice): said of a glacier or an iceberg
Origin of calveMiddle English calven ; from Old English cealfian ; from cealf, calf
verbcalved, calv·ing, calves
- To give birth to a calf.
- To break at an edge, so that a portion separates. Used of a glacier or iceberg.
- To give birth to (a calf).
- To set loose (a mass of ice). Used of a glacier or iceberg.
Origin of calveMiddle English calven, from Old English *calfian, from calf, calf.
(third-person singular simple present calves, present participle calving, simple past and past participle calved)
- (intransitive) To give birth to a calf.
- (intransitive) To assist the giving of birth of a calf.
- (intransitive, figuratively, especially of an iceberg, glacier, or the like) To break off or shed a large piece.
- The glacier was starting to calve even as we watched.
- The sea was dangerous because of icebergs calving off the nearby glacier.
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