• (America) IPA: /kɑɹv/
  • (RP) IPA: /kɑːv/

carve (carves, present participle carving; past carved, past participle carved)

  1. (archaic) To cut.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Galahad
      My good blade carves the casques of men.
  2. To cut meat in order to serve it.
    You carve the roast and I'll serve the vegetables.
  3. 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
  4. (snowboarding) To perform a series of turns without pivoting, so that the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.
  5. (figuratively) To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
    • […] who could easily have carved themselves their own food.
  6. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.
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carve (plural carves)

  1. (obsolete) A carucate.
    • 1862, Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland
      ... half a carve of arable land in Ballyncore, one carve of arable land in Pales, a quarter of arable land in Clonnemeagh, half a carve of arable land in Ballyfaden, half a carve of arable land in Ballymadran, ...
    • 1868, John Harland (editor), Wapentake of West Derby, in Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, (translating a Latin text c. 1320-46), page 31
      Whereof John de Ditton holds a moiety of the village for half a carve of land.

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