verb \ˈkärv\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to cut with care or precision <carved fretwork>
:  to make or get by or as if by cutting —often used with out <carve out a career>
:  to cut into pieces or slices <carved the turkey>
intransitive verb
:  to cut up and serve meat
:  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

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Rhymes with CARVE


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