Definition of carve
1 : to cut with care or precision carved fretwork
2 : to make or get by or as if by cutting —often used with out carve out a career
3 : to cut into pieces or slices carved the turkey
1 : to cut up and serve meat
2 : to work as a sculptor or engraver
Examples of carve in a Sentence
We carved an ice sculpture.
Who is going to carve the turkey?
He carved while I made the gravy.
Recent Examples of carve from the Web
A cutting board and three bloody carving knives were found in the refrigerator.
But the wave of new openings has helped carve a place for Like Minds.
The fashion industry’s attempts at carving a corner of this market haven’t been without criticism, especially in France, where the banning of headscarves and burkinis amid racial tensions and security fears have fuelled a heated debate.
In Studio 39, a pottery craftsman carved at a block of red clay as visitors watched, smiled and asked questions about his craft.
The fashion industry’s attempts at carving a corner of this market haven’t been without criticism, especially in France, where the banning of headscarves and burkinis amid racial tensions and security fears have fueled a heated debate.
Under the nrestoration, 25 masons from Dan Lepore & Sons Co. in Conshohocken, Pa., dismantled 5,312 pieces of structural and carved limestone, which were cleaned and repaired.
Toe holds were carved into the blocks, forcing runners to adopt a wide stance.
Alex Queral carved this portrait of President Barack Obama in 2012.
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Origin and Etymology 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
CARVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carve for English Language Learners
: 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
CARVE Defined for Kids
Definition of carve for Students
1 : to cut with care He carved a block of wood to use as a bowl.
2 : to make or get by cutting Artists were carving ice sculptures.
3 : to slice and serve (meat) Would you carve the turkey?
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