AskDefine | Define carve

Dictionary Definition

carve

Verb

1 form by carving; "Carve a flower from the ice"
2 engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface; "carve one's name into the bark" [syn: chip at]
3 cut to pieces; "Father carved the ham" [syn: cut up]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Old English ċeorfan, from West Germanic *kerfan. Cognate with Dutch kerven, and perhaps ultimately with Greek γράφειν.

Pronunciation

/kɑ:v/

Verb

  1. To cut.
  2. To cut meat in order to serve it.
  3. To shape to sculptural effect.
  4. : To perform a series of turns without pivoting. When the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.

Derived terms

Translations

cut
  • German: schneiden
  • Hungarian: ró
cut meat
  • German: tranchieren, zerlegen
shape wood
turn without pivoting

Extensive Definition

Carving can mean
carve in German: Schnitzen
carve in Russian: карвинг

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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