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


chip at, cut up

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\Carve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Carved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Carving}.] [AS. ceorfan to cut, carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva, and to Gr. ? to write, orig. to scatch, and E. -graphy. Cf. {Graphic}.]
1. To cut. [Obs.] Or they will carven the shepherd's throat. --Spenser.
2. To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave. Carved with figures strange and sweet. --Coleridge.
3. To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree. An angel carved in stone. --Tennyson. We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone. --C. Wolfe.
4. To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion. ``To carve a capon.'' --Shak.
5. To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting. My good blade carved the casques of men. --Tennyson. A million wrinkles carved his skin. --Tennyson.
6. To take or make, as by cutting; to provide. Who could easily have carved themselves their own food. --South.
7. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan. Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet. --Shak. {To carve out}, to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out. ``[Macbeth] with his brandished steel . . . carved out his passage.'' --Shak. Fortunes were carved out of the property of the crown. --Macaulay.
\Carve\, v. i.
1. To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures.
2. To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests.
\Carve\, n. A carucate. [Obs.] --Burrill.

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