from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Archaic A past tense and a past participle of carve.
  • adj. That has been wrought or decorated by carving.

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  • adj. Made by carving, especially when intricately or artistically done.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wrought by carving; ornamented by carvings; carved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut; carve.
  • n. Old and poetical past participle of carve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made for or formed by carving (`carven' is archaic or literary)


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Obsolete past participle of to carve.


  • Radiant with beauty, the Cup of the Ptolemies was carven of onyx.

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  • Not until the stallion, sinking, emerged again by means of the powerful beat of his legs and hoofs, did Graham realize that it was a woman who rode him — ­a woman as white as the white silken slip of a bathing suit that molded to her form like a marble-carven veiling of drapery.


  • I have been an Aryan master in old Egypt, when my soldiers scrawled obscenities on the carven tombs of kings dead and gone and forgotten aforetime.

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  • Beauty and light glowed from classic mantel and carven cornice and walls grotesquely figured, while a sleek black cat rose yawning from hearthside sleep that his master's start and shriek had disturbed.

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  • I looked upon these carven images with contempt, and spat as I looked.

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  • He fondled the impression of her as of silverspun wire, of fine leather, of twisted hair-sennit from the heads of maidens such as the Marquesans make, of carven pearl-shell for the lure of the bonita, and of barbed ivory at the heads of sea-spears such as the Eskimos throw.


  • Fifteen minutes of silence passed, the blind man as if carven of stone, the dog, trembling with eagerness under the articulate touch of his fingers, obeying the bidding to make no sound.


  • Do you know what the Cup of the Ptolemies was carven out of?

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  • We are sailing due westward and the sun, yet two hours high, is blazoning a fiery glory on the sea that spreads and gleams like some broad, jeweled trail, to where the blue and distant shadow-land lifts its carven front aloft, leaving, as it gropes, shades of shadows beyond.


  • It is a mighty coast—ground out and pounded, scarred, crushed, and carven in massive, frightful lineaments.



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