- 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 surface of with cut figures or designs3. to divide by cutting; slice [to carve meat]4. to divide into portions, as land: with upvi.1. to carve statues or designs2. to carve meatcarvern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.