carve

[[t]kɑ͟ː(r)v[/t]]
carves, carving, carved
1) VERB If you carve an object, you make it by cutting it out of a substance such as wood or stone. If you carve something such as wood or stone into an object, you make the object by cutting it out.
See also carving

[V n] One of the prisoners has carved a beautiful wooden chess set...

[V n prep] He carves his figures from white pine...

I picked up a piece of wood and started carving.

[V-ed] ...carved stone figures.

Syn:
2) VERB If you carve writing or a design on an object, you cut it into the surface of the object.

[V n in/on n] He carved his name on his desk...

[V-ed] The ornately carved doors were made in the seventeenth century.

3) VERB If you carve a piece of cooked meat, you cut slices from it so that you can eat it.

[V n] Andrew began to carve the chicken...

[V n into n] Carve the beef into slices.

4) VERB: no passive If you carve a career or a niche for yourself, you succeed in getting the career or the position that you want by your own efforts.

[V n for pron-refl] She has carved a niche for herself as a comic actor...

[V n] They may be loyally standing by their men, but they are also carving their own careers...

[V pron-refl n] The girl from nowhere clearly means to carve herself a place in history.

PHRASAL VERB: no passive
Carve out means the same as carve.

V P n for pron-refl He is hoping to carve out a much greater role for himself... V P n Wood has not had much luck in carving out a career.

5) VERB: usu passive If a road is carved through a place, it is built so that it goes through that place.

[be V-ed prep] Two three-lane roads will be carved through countryside.

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  • carve — [ka:v US ka:rv] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make object or pattern)¦ 2¦(cut something into a surface)¦ 3¦(cut meat)¦ 4¦(job/position/life)¦ 5¦(water/wind)¦ 6¦(reduce something)¦ Phrasal verbs  carve somebody/something<=>up ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin:… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Carve — Исполнитель Slipknot Альбом Демо 1996 года Дата выпуска 1 января 1996 Дата записи 1996 …   Википедия

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carve — [kärv] vt. carved, carving [ME kerven < OE ceorfan < IE base * gerebh , to scratch: see GRAPHIC] 1. to make or shape by or as by cutting, chipping, hewing, etc. [carve a statue out of wood or stone, carve a career] 2. to decorate the… …   English World dictionary

  • carve — 1 *cut, slit, hew, chop, slash Analogous words: shape, fashion, form (see MAKE): *separate, divide, part 2 Carve, incise, engrave, etch, chisel, sculpture, sculpt, sculp are comparable when they denote to cut an outline or a shape out of or into… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • carve — ► VERB 1) cut into or shape (a hard material) to produce an object or design. 2) produce (a design or object) by carving. 3) cut (cooked meat) into slices for eating. 4) (carve out) develop (a career, reputation, etc.) through painstaking effort …   English terms dictionary

  • Carve — Carve, v. i. 1. To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carve — [ karv ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to make an object by cutting it from stone or wood: He carved a statue of her out of an old log. a ) transitive to produce a pattern or writing on the surface of something by cutting it: She carved… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carve — O.E. ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, pp. corfen) to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave, from W.Gmc. *kerfan (Cf. O.Fris. kerva, Du. kerven, Ger. kerben to cut, notch ), from PIE root *gerbh to scratch, making carve… …   Etymology dictionary

  • carve-up — UK US noun [countable] [singular carve up plural carve ups] british informal the division of something such as land between different people or countries, especially in a way that seems unfair Thesaurus: favo …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carve — Carve, n. A carucate. [Obs.] Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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