|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]|
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.