Carve Definition

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To carve statues or designs.
Webster's New World
To divide by cutting; slice.
To carve meat.
Webster's New World
To make or shape by or as by cutting, chipping, hewing, etc.
Carve a statue out of wood, carve out a career for oneself.
Webster's New World
To divide into portions, as land.
Webster's New World
To cut into a desired shape; fashion by cutting.
Carve the wood into a figure.
American Heritage

(obsolete) A carucate.

Half a carve of arable land.

Origin of Carve

  • 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’).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English kerven from Old English ceorfan gerbh- in Indo-European roots

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


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