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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
carve
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a carving knife (=for cutting meat)
▪ Dad always used to sharpen the carving knife.
carve a chicken (=cut up a whole chicken that has been cooked)
carve wood (=used a knife to shape it)
▪ The room was decorated with carved wood.
carve/sculpt a statue
▪ Some of the statues were carved by Quitainer.
carving fork
carving knife
create/carve out a niche (=do something in a particular way that is different to and better than anyone else)
▪ She had carved out a niche for herself as a children's television presenter.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
out
▪ He went to Eastbourne secondary school before carving out a comic career in London.
▪ Distillers scrambled to develop processing techniques that would allow them to carve out their own niches.
▪ Over the years they have carved out a powerful position within the town's antique trade.
▪ A lot of the children started out carving right here, right on these stumps.
▪ Hepolled so well last year that he couldn't be carved out of the action again.
▪ The ones you carve out of marble.
▪ An off-the-lip carved out the Himalayas.
▪ How do you carve out your identity when your parents were so rebellious and so against the social conventions?
up
▪ The busiest routes are carved up by bilateral deals between the national airlines at either end.
▪ I am lying in the cornfield gazing at clouds being carved up by harp-edged leaves above me.
▪ That was at the very apogee of the age of imperialism, when white men carved up the black continent between them.
▪ The war has left the sprawling nation carved up into various regions controlled by the government and rebel armies.
▪ In this sense sovereignty can not be carved up.
▪ Rather than compete, they would join forces and carve up the market.
▪ She carved up Muriel Spark and Iris Murdoch at the same time as the bacon.
▪ They wheeled in the rocket scientists, who started to carve up mortgage securities into itty-bitty pieces.
■ NOUN
career
▪ He went to Eastbourne secondary school before carving out a comic career in London.
▪ Now though she's carving out a new career as a fitness guru on the Big Breakfast.
▪ Pianist-composer Childs is a hometown phenomenon busy carving out a career between the jazz and classical worlds.
▪ Through hard work and sheer determination, Dennis carved out a career in the building industry.
▪ In vain he hoped to carve out an alternative career as a journalist and cricket writer.
▪ Now John, 17, is quietly carving out his career with Barnsley.
face
▪ It seems children can't resist them: Male speaker Children like to carve faces out of them.
▪ The soot-black metal of the stoves was carved with grotesque faces from which a dark heat beat out at Quiss.
knife
▪ A sharp knife is essential when carving any joint.
name
▪ In the distance below, the three lakes Shimmered - the wind carved its many names On the face of the waters.
▪ Oh well, she should hear the foreman if they made a mistake carving a name on a tombstone.
▪ The moonlight illuminated a hand carved wooden name plaque on the freshly painted gate, Honey Cottage.
niche
▪ On the back of the bicentennial opportunity she had struck fast and hard and carved a unique niche for herself on television.
▪ Distillers scrambled to develop processing techniques that would allow them to carve out their own niches.
▪ In carving out a distinctive niche for themselves, a number of options have been open to them.
▪ In the Bay Area alone, three companies are trying to carve out a niche in the casual clothing market.
shape
▪ The Kha-Khan was sitting in a chair which had been carved into the shape of a reclining dragon.
▪ One was a simple wooden structure carved in the shape of the building.
stone
▪ I never saw anything as beautiful as that stone you were carving.
▪ She got in without a word, but her face looked like a Mayan stone carving.
▪ The stone benches with carved angels' heads were crumbling to dust.
wall
▪ The vulva signs carved on the walls suggest this.
▪ Once inside, I mounted the battlements and explored hidden alcoves carved into the thick walls.
wood
▪ Therefore, George carved them into the wood in relief.
▪ Elephants carved in wood, a bull in terra cotta.
▪ In 1918 Brancusi produced Endless Column, the first in a series of works usually roughly carved from wood.
▪ It was an entire village, carved out of wood, four feet square.
▪ Jonathon now worked on model ships under the eye of Uncle Philip and was learning how to carve them directly from wood.
■ VERB
try
▪ In the Bay Area alone, three companies are trying to carve out a niche in the casual clothing market.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
not be carved/etched in stone
▪ John has several new ideas for the show, but nothing is etched in stone yet.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Michelangelo carved this figure from a single block of marble.
▪ What's the best way to carve a turkey?
▪ Who's going to carve the turkey?
▪ Who's going to carve, Dad or Grandpa?
▪ You start carving while I fetch the vegetables.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Her son holding his head beside the big carved pumpkin, mimicking a wide, toothy grin.
▪ I am lying in the cornfield gazing at clouds being carved up by harp-edged leaves above me.
▪ In Fujian, workers are carving roads into red clay hills, scaling bamboo scaffolding, hauling piles of stone.
▪ Shapes of naked half-men half-beasts writhing in some hideous dance were carved on to the mahogany chair.
▪ The bust was mutilated in late antiquity, probably by Christians who carved a cross in the forehead.
▪ This plywood structure has grown bigger and bigger, and he has even carved gothic spires on its top.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Carve

Carve \Carve\ (k[aum]rv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carved (k[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Carving.] [AS. ceorfan to cut, carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva, and to Gr. gra`fein to write, orig. to scratch, and E. -graphy. Cf. Graphic.]

  1. To cut. [Obs.]

    Or they will carven the shepherd's throat.
    --Spenser.

  2. To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave.

    Carved with figures strange and sweet.
    --Coleridge.

  3. To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree.

    An angel carved in stone.
    --Tennyson.

    We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone.
    --C. Wolfe.

  4. To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion. ``To carve a capon.''
    --Shak.

  5. To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting.

    My good blade carved the casques of men.
    --Tennyson.

    A million wrinkles carved his skin.
    --Tennyson.

  6. To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.

    Who could easily have carved themselves their own food.
    --South.

  7. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.

    Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.
    --Shak.

    To carve out, to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out. ``[Macbeth] with his brandished steel . . . carved out his passage.''
    --Shak.

    Fortunes were carved out of the property of the crown.
    --Macaulay.

Carve

Carve \Carve\, n. A carucate. [Obs.]
--Burrill.

Carve

Carve \Carve\, v. i.

  1. To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures.

  2. To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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 (cognates: 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.\n

\nOnce 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.

Wiktionary
carve

n. (context obsolete English) (altname: carucate) vb. 1 (context archaic English) To cut. 2 To cut meat in order to serve it. 3 To shape to sculptural effect; to produce (a work) by cutting, or to cut (a material) into a finished work.

WordNet
carve
  1. v. form by carving; "Carve a flower from the ice"

  2. engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface; "carve one's name into the bark" [syn: chip at]

  3. cut to pieces; "Father carved the ham" [syn: cut up]

Wikipedia
Carve (video game)

Carve is a racing video game developed by Argonaut Games and published by Global Star Software released exclusively for the Xbox.

Category:2004 video games Category:Argonaut Games games Category:Water sports video games Category:Xbox games Category:Xbox-only games

Usage examples of "carve".

There were urban planners there, too, from places like Accra and Buenos Aires, and from small towns and villages carved out of the most unlikely geographies.

Third Street, the home of Mayor Samuel Powel, whose wealth and taste could be measured in richly carved paneling, magnificent paintings, a tea service in solid silver that would have fetched considerably more than the entire contents of the Adams household at Braintree.

It was his creative work that he wished most to be remembered for: Here Was Buried THOMAS JEFFERSON Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, And Father of the University of Virginia Adams had, however, composed an inscription to be carved into the sarcophagus lid of Henry Adams, the first Adams to arrive in Massachusetts, in 1638.

In the cliff face was carved an enormous representation of Akha the Great One.

Vakk had been bridged, so that access was gained to the end area of Market, where increasing steepness of the ground necessitated many steps, which culminated in a wide balcony housing a huge statue of Akha, carved from the rock.

Whole walls were covered with painting and carving, many of them illustrating the life of Akha and the great battles he had fought, as well as the battles he would fight when again enough humans had faith in his strength.

He had burnt the candle of his life at both ends, and in its bright flame had welded the Sikhs into a nation and carved out an Empire that stretched from the Holy City of Amritsar to Peshawar in the shadow of the Khyber Pass.

I remembered the Andean city of Tiahuanaco and the crosses that had been carved there, in distant pre-Colombian times, on some of the great blocks of stone lying scattered around the building known as Puma Punku.

Under the category of anomalies, West made specific reference to the bowls carved out of diorite and other hard stones described in Part VI.

Jacen watched without expression as Nom Anor swiftly and efficiently carved away the spit cables that had webbed him into the chair.

Aldovrandi at Bologna, as Condivi tells us, Michael Angelo, for the sum of thirty ducats, completed the drapery of a San Petronio, begun by Nicolo di Bari on the arca or shrine of San Domenico, and carved the very beautiful and highly finished statuette of an angel holding a candlestick, still to be seen there.

Don Gados tells of coming upon a deserted Auca hut, and finding there a life sized human figure carved of balsa wood.

It was a simple, though ingenious, device: a flat narrow wooden platform, about half as long as the spear, with a groove in the middle where the spear rested, and a backstop carved into a hook-shape.

She fitted the hook, carved as a backstop, into the butt end of the spear, being careful not to crush the feathers.

Right at the forward end of the squared-off deck, before the massive carved work of the beakhead dropped away below, was a splendid place to be.