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Meaning of carved by Wiktionary Dictionary



    carved ( comparative more carved, superlative most carved )

    1. Of an object, made by carving .
      a carved ivory statue of the Virgin Mary

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Explanation of carved by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. made for or formed by carving

    2. the carved fretwork
      an intricately carved door
      stood as if carven from stone

    Definition of carved by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Carve ( kärv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carved ( kärvd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Carving.] [AS. ceorfan to cut, carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva, and to Gr. γράφειν 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.

    2. carved adj. formed by carving or having a design carved into the surface. [Narrower terms: sliced]

      Syn. -- carven.