To carve meat.
To carve a name into a tree.
An example of carve is to cut apart a turkey on Thanksgiving.
An example of carve is to break a large piece of property into smaller lots.
An example of carve is to create a wooden sculpture using wood tools.
Carve the wood into a figure.
Carve initials in the bark; carved out an empire.
Carved a roast.
Carve up an estate.
Carve a statue out of wood, carve out a career for oneself.
Origin of carve
- Middle English kerven from Old English ceorfan gerbh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English kerven, from Old English ċeorfan, from Proto-Germanic *kerbaną (compare Kyrgyz kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben (“to notch”)), from Proto-Indo-European *gerebh- (“to scratch”) (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic žrĕbĭjĭ ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν (gráphein) ‘to scratch, etch’).