To carve is to slice, to divide up, or to make something smaller by cutting or chiseling.(verb)
See carve in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME kerven < OE ceorfan < IE base *gerebh-, to scratch: see graphic
See carve in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb carved carved, carv·ing, carves verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English kerven
Origin: , from Old English ceorfan; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
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