Carve (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Carving.] [AS. ceorfan to cut, carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva, and to Gr. to write, orig. to scatch, and E. -graphy. Cf. Graphic.]


To cut.


Or they will carven the shepherd's throat. Spenser.


To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave.

Carved with figures strange and sweet. Coleridge.


To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree.

An angel carved in stone. Tennyson.

We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone. C. Wolfe.


To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion.

"To carve a capon." <-- = carve up --> Shak.


To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting.

My good blade carved the casques of men. Tennyson.

A million wrinkles carved his skin. Tennyson.


To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.

Who could easily have carved themselves their own food. South.


To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.

Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet. Shak.

To carve out, to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out. "[Macbeth] with his brandished steel . . . carved out his passage."


Fortunes were carved out of the property of the crown. Macaulay.


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Carve, v. i.


To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures.


To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests.


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Carve, n.

A carucate.




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