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carve

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verb \ˈkärv\

Simple Definition of carve

  • : to make (something, such as a sculpture or design) by cutting off pieces of the material it is made of

  • : to cut (something, such as a pattern or design) into a surface

  • : to create (something) by cutting into a surface

Full Definition of carve

carvedcarv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut with care or precision <carved fretwork>

  3. 2 :  to make or get by or as if by cutting —often used with out <carve out a career>

  4. 3 :  to cut into pieces or slices <carved the turkey>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cut up and serve meat

  7. 2 :  to work as a sculptor or engraver

carv·er noun

Examples of carve

  1. We carved an ice sculpture.

  2. Who is going to carve the turkey?

  3. He carved while I made the gravy.



Origin of carve

Middle English kerven, from Old English ceorfan; akin to Old High German kerban to notch, Greek graphein to scratch, write


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with carve




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