- to give birth to a calf: The cow is expected to calve tomorrow.
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
- to give birth to (a calf).
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece): The glacier calved an iceberg.
Origin of calve
Examples from the Web for calve
Historical Examples of calve
When these pieces break away the inland ice is said to "calve."From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
These Welsh heifers will calve about May; and they are just the very thing for a cottager.Rural Rides
The assemblage was a brilliant one and Calve was at her best.The Song of the Wolf
It was once supposed that the gastric juice of the calve's stomach was acid, and produced coagulation by souring.
How or why the principle obtained by soaking the calve's stomach produces coagulation has not yet been discovered.
- to give birth to (a calf)
- (of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up
Old English cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf (n.1)). Of icebergs, 1837. Related: Calved; calving.