to cut (a solid material) so as to form something: to carve a piece of pine.
to form from a solid material by cutting: to carve a statue out of stone.
to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat.
to decorate with designs or figures cut on the surface: The top of the box was beautifully carved with figures of lions and unicorns.
to cut (a design, figures, etc.) on a surface: Figures of lions and unicorns were carved on the top of the box.
to make or create for oneself (often followed by out): He carved out a career in business.
to carve figures, designs, etc.
to cut meat.
- carver, noun
- re·carve, verb, re·carved, re·carv·ing.
- sem·i·carved, adjective
- un·carved, adjective
- un·der·carve, verb (used with object), un·der·carved, un·der·carv·ing.
- well-carved, adjective
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How to use carve in a sentence
The capitals are mere uncarved bands, and over them certain molds die away in the pier.How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Many of the capitals are uncarved, some of the piers have applied columns, but many are ornamented in straight cut lines.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1 | Elise Whitlock Rose
There is an absence of contrast; had portions of it been left uncarved how much more effective would have been the result!Chats on Old Furniture | Arthur Hayden
The columns which support the galleries are plain, the arch resting on simple uncarved blocks.Constantinople | William Holden Hutton
The image of the god Oro was a straight log of casuarina wood, six feet long, uncarved, but decorated with feathers.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead | James George Frazer
British Dictionary definitions for carve
(tr) to cut or chip in order to form something: to carve wood
to decorate or form (something) by cutting or chipping: to carve statues
to slice (meat) into pieces: to carve a turkey
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