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Carver

[kahr-ver] /ˈkɑr vər/
noun
1.
George Washington, 1864?–1943, U.S. botanist and chemist.
2.
John, 1575?–1621, Pilgrim leader: first governor of Plymouth Colony 1620–21.
3.
Raymond, 1938–88, U.S. short-story writer and poet.

carve

[kahrv] /kɑrv/
verb (used with object), carved, carving.
1.
to cut (a solid material) so as to form something:
to carve a piece of pine.
2.
to form from a solid material by cutting:
to carve a statue out of stone.
3.
to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat.
4.
to decorate with designs or figures cut on the surface:
The top of the box was beautifully carved with figures of lions and unicorns.
5.
to cut (a design, figures, etc.) on a surface:
Figures of lions and unicorns were carved on the top of the box.
6.
to make or create for oneself (often followed by out):
He carved out a career in business.
verb (used without object), carved, carving.
7.
to carve figures, designs, etc.
8.
to cut meat.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English kerven, Old English ceorfan to cut; cognate with Middle Low German kerven, German kerben, Greek gráphein to mark, write; see graph
Related forms
carver, noun
recarve, verb, recarved, recarving.
semicarved, adjective
uncarved, adjective
undercarve, verb (used with object), undercarved, undercarving.
well-carved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carver's

carve

/kɑːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cut or chip in order to form something to carve wood
2.
to decorate or form (something) by cutting or chipping to carve statues
3.
to slice (meat) into pieces to carve a turkey
See also carve out, carve up
Word Origin
Old English ceorfan; related to Old Frisian kerva, Middle High German kerben to notch

carver

/ˈkɑːvə/
noun
1.
a carving knife
2.
(pl) a large matched knife and fork for carving meat
3.
(Brit) a chair with arms that forms part of a set of dining chairs

Carver

/ˈkɑːvə/
noun
1.
George Washington. ?1864–1943, US agricultural chemist and botanist
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Word Origin and History for carver's

carve

v.

Old English ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, past participle corfen) "to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave," from West Germanic *kerfan (cf. Old Frisian kerva, Middle Dutch and Dutch kerven, German kerben "to cut, notch"), from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch," making carve the English cognate of Greek graphein "to write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus.

Once extensively used, most senses now usurped by cut (v.). Meaning specialized to sculpture, meat, etc., by 16c. Related: Carved; carving. Original strong conjugation has been abandoned, but archaic carven lingers.

carver

n.

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), "one who carves" (in some sense); agent noun from carve (v.). In a set of dining chairs, the one with the arms, usually at the head of the table, is the carver (1927), reserved for the one who carves.

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carver's in Science
Carver
  (kär'vər)   
American botanist and educator whose work was instrumental in improving the agricultural efficiency of the United States.

Our Living Language  : George Washington Carver played a central role in revitalizing Southern agriculture after the Civil War, when Southern farms produced ever smaller cotton crops. His promotion of crop rotation methods helped to restore Southern farmlands, which had been depleted by the exclusive cultivation of cotton. Carver also introduced two new crops, peanuts and sweet potatoes, that would produce well in Alabama soil. To make them economically beneficial to farmers, he developed 325 products from peanuts, including peanut butter, plastics, synthetic rubber, shaving cream, and paper. He also developed hundreds of other products from sweet potatoes and from dozens of other native plants, including soybeans and cotton. During his forty-seven years as head of the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he taught the importance of crop diversification and soil conservation. Carver also introduced movable schools that brought practical agricultural knowledge directly to farmers.
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Slang definitions & phrases for carver's

carve

verb

To give one a thrill; send: He carves me. Does he carve you? (1930s+ Jive talk)


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carver's in the Bible

The arts of engraving and carving were much practised among the Jews. They were practised in connection with the construction of the tabernacle and the temple (Ex. 31:2, 5; 35:33; 1 Kings 6:18, 35; Ps. 74:6), as well as in the ornamentation of the priestly dresses (Ex. 28:9-36; Zech. 3:9; 2 Chr. 2:7, 14). Isaiah (44:13-17) gives a minute description of the process of carving idols of wood.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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