Middle English kerven, from Old English ċeorfan, from Proto-Germanic *kerbaną (compare West Frisian kerve, Low German karven, Dutch kerven, German kerben (“to notch”)), from Proto-Indo-European *gerbʰ- (“to scratch”) (compare Old Prussian gīrbin (“number”), Old Church Slavonic жрѣбии (žrěbii, “lot, tallymark”), Ancient Greek γράφειν (gráphein, “to scratch, etch”)).
- (archaic) To cut.
- My good blade carved the casques of men.
- To cut meat in order to serve it.
- You carve the roast and I'll serve the vegetables.
- To shape to sculptural effect; to produce (a work) by cutting, or to cut (a material) into a finished work.
- to carve a name into a tree
1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thuvia, Maiden of Mars, HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
- The facades of the buildings fronting upon the avenue within the wall were richly carven […] .
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess:
- The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.
- (snowboarding) To perform a series of turns without pivoting, so that the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.
- (figuratively) To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
- […] who could easily have carved themselves their own food.
2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, BBC:
- The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.
- To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
- Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.
carve (plural carves)
- (obsolete) Alternative term for carucate
- half a carve of arable land
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)