verb (used with object), carved, carv·ing.
verb (used without object), carved, carv·ing.
Origin of carve
Examples from the Web for carve-out
Contemporary Examples of carve-out
The freedom to associate that Feldman mentions is one carve-out that courts have recognized.Morally and Legally, the Right Call in Arizona
February 27, 2014
Republicans know these “carve-out” accounts are anathema to most Democrats and impossible with a Democratic president.The Coming Democratic Split on Social Security
August 19, 2010
Word Origin 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.