See carve, -ing1 Unabridged


verb (used with object), carved, carving.
to cut (a solid material) so as to form something: to carve a piece of pine.
to form from a solid material by cutting: to carve a statue out of stone.
to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat.
to decorate with designs or figures cut on the surface: The top of the box was beautifully carved with figures of lions and unicorns.
to cut (a design, figures, etc.) on a surface: Figures of lions and unicorns were carved on the top of the box.
to make or create for oneself (often followed by out ): He carved out a career in business.
verb (used without object), carved, carving.
to carve figures, designs, etc.
to cut meat.

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

carver, noun
recarve, verb, recarved, recarving.
semicarved, adjective
uncarved, adjective
undercarve, verb (used with object), undercarved, undercarving.
well-carved, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
carve (kɑːv)
1.  (tr) 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
[Old English ceorfan; related to Old Frisian kerva, Middle High German kerben to notch]

carving (ˈkɑːvɪŋ)
a figure or design produced by carving stone, wood, etcRelated: glyptic
Related: glyptic

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, pp. corfen), from W.Gmc. *kerfan, from PIE base *gerebh- "to scratch," making carve the Eng. cognate of Gk. graphein. Once extensively used, most senses now usurped by cut. Meaning specialized to sculpture, meat, etc., by 16c. Strong conjugation
became weak, but archaic carven is still encountered. 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Carve definition

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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Example sentences
Carving is done in the kitchen and no food set on the table except ornamental
  dishes of fruit, candy and nuts.
Lie ten nights awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet.
Bird should be placed on back, with legs at right of platter for carving.
They are carving satyrs' heads in the stone, with a crowd of gaping youngsters
  looking on in admiring wonder.
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