American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To divide into pieces by cutting; slice: carved a roast.
- v. To divide by parceling out: carve up an estate.
- v. To cut into a desired shape; fashion by cutting: carve the wood into a figure.
- v. To make or form by or as if by cutting: carve initials in the bark; carved out an empire.
- v. To decorate by cutting and shaping carefully.
- v. To engrave or cut figures as an art, hobby, or trade.
- v. To disjoint, slice, and serve meat or poultry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut with an edged tool or sharp instrument.
- Specifically — To cut into pieces or slices, as meat at table; divide by cutting, or, figuratively, by parceling out: as, to carve a fowl; to carve up an estate.
- To cut (some solid material) in order to produce the representation of an object or a design; fashion by cutting: as, to carve a block of marble into a statue.
- To produce by cutting; form by cutting or hewing; grave or engrave; sculpture: as, to carve an image; to carve a design in boxwood.
- To decorate by carving; produce cut or sculptured designs upon: as, to carve, a capital; to carve a cherry-stone.
- To mark as with carving.
- To carve out. To make or form by carving or parceling; cut out: as, to carve out a smaller estate from a larger one.
- Figuratively, to achieve by exertion or skill: as, to carve out a career for one's self.
- To exercise the trade of a carver; engrave or cut figures.
- To cut up meat: as, to carve for all the guests.
- To carve for one's self, to do as one pleases; act independently.
- To grow sour; curdle: said of cream.
- n. See carue.
- To make a private sign to, at table. See II., 3.
- To make a private sign with the little finger at table, as when one carves (def. II., 2) or pretends to carve, or raises a glass to one's lips.
- v. archaic To cut.
- v. To cut meat in order to serve it.
- v. To shape to sculptural effect.
- v. snowboarding To perform a series of turns without pivoting, so that the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.
- v. figuratively To produce something using skill.
- n. obsolete A carucate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To cut.
- v. To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave.
- v. To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form.
- v. To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion.
- v. To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting.
- v. To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
- v. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
- v. To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures.
- v. To cut up meat.
- n. obsolete A carucate.
- v. cut to pieces
- v. engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
- v. form by carving
- Middle English kerven, from Old English ċeorfan, from Proto-Germanic *kerbanan (cf. West Frisian kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ‘to notch’), from Proto-Indo-European *gerebh- ‘to scratch’ (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic žrĕbĭjĭ ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν (gráphein) ‘to scratch, etch’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English kerven, from Old English ceorfan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The unsecured creditors may use that so-called carve-out to cover such expenses as attorneys 'fees or as a supplement to what the company will repay them upon its exit from bankruptcy protection.”
“Come here, and let us teach you to behave properly; you will not have to carve, that is done at the side-table.”
“Fiercely protective of their own place in the presidential nominating process, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada - known as the "carve out states" - would almost certainly push their dates into January in response to Florida's move.”
“After 2000, however, exceptions otherwise known as carve-outs to M.A.C. clauses began to creep in.”
“Managers also are pursuing so-called carve-outs, or divestitures from larger corporations.”
“Key regulators are concerned that if the IASB - working in partnership with US standard setter FASB fails to deliver it will give European politicians, notably the French, the opportunity to insist, through the European Commission, that European banks can ignore key elements a so called carve out of IFRS when accounting for derivatives.”
“I think he's trying to kind of carve out his own territory.”
“She has some things to work out on her own, and kind of carve out a professional and personal life in D.C. HEMMER: So how much of the plot did you carve out based on your own life?”
“They'll just kind of carve around it and that way he's just eked out.”
“Mr. Dana denied that Mr. Karlen was supposed to "carve" Mr. Murray and Mr. Strawberry with the piece.”
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