verb (used with object), carved, carv·ing.
verb (used without object), carved, carv·ing.
Origin of carve
Examples from the Web for carve
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.
Her new paradigm leads her to carve up shibboleths and heroes alike.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing|Michael Signer|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I sort of got lucky in that I was able to carve a niche for myself.Juliette Lewis on Hollywood, Why the MSM Hates Scientology, and Masturbating to George Clooney|Marlow Stern|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Brazil, there was a microcosmic slice of the kind of public role he is attempting to carve.Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card|Tim Teeman|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Could it just be that prison itself conditions a sort of pavlovian reaction to carve chess pieces?
He wanted to carve out for himself a place of position and power.The Man Who Rose Again|Joseph Hocking
I wonder I never had sufficient wit to carve out one like this before.Diane of the Green Van|Leona Dalrymple
I shudder when I see them brandish their knives in act to carve, and look on them as savages that devour one another.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
These serve admirably to carve, and are very pretty when coloured or ivoried, bronzed in antique style, or otherwise ornamented.A Manual of Wood Carving|Charles G. Leland
It is something to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful.The Call of the Twentieth Century|David Starr Jordan
British Dictionary definitions for carve
Word Origin for carve
Word Origin and History for carve
Old English ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, past participle corfen) "to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave," from West Germanic *kerfan (cf. Old Frisian kerva, Middle Dutch and Dutch kerven, German kerben "to cut, notch"), from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch," making carve the English cognate of Greek graphein "to write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus.
Once extensively used, most senses now usurped by cut (v.). Meaning specialized to sculpture, meat, etc., by 16c. Related: Carved; carving. Original strong conjugation has been abandoned, but archaic carven lingers.