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