Calve meaning

kăv, käv
To break at an edge, so that a portion separates. Used of a glacier or iceberg.
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To give birth to a calf.
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To give birth to (a calf).
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To set loose (a mass of ice). Used of a glacier or iceberg.
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To give birth to (a calf)
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To release (a mass of ice)
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(intransitive) To give birth to a calf.
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(intransitive) To assist the giving of birth of a calf.
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(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.

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Origin of calve

  • Middle English calven from Old English calfian from calf calf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Verb form related to calf

    From Wiktionary