• Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it
    Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v carve cut to pieces "Father carved the ham"
    • v carve form by carving "Carve a flower from the ice"
    • v carve engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface "carve one's name into the bark"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing doors, columns and carved figures Showing doors, columns and carved figures
Features a large carved figure and a frieze of smaller figures Features a large carved figure and a frieze of smaller figures
Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal
Portion of carved cornice of pinewood Portion of carved cornice of pinewood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington's teeth were actually: carved from animal tusks, some of them were also somebody else's teeth, and some of them were from animals like deer and cales.
    • n Carve A carucate.
    • Carve To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion. "To carve a capon."
    • Carve To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests.
    • Carve To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave. "Carved with figures strange and sweet."
    • Carve To cut. "Or they will carven the shepherd's throat."
    • Carve To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting. "My good blade carved the casques of men.""A million wrinkles carved his skin."
    • Carve To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures.
    • Carve To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan. "Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.""Fortunes were carved out of the property of the crown."
    • Carve To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree. "An angel carved in stone.""We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone."
    • Carve To take or make, as by cutting; to provide. "Who could easily have carved themselves their own food."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The annual Night of the Radishes is held in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's held on December 23rd of every year as part of a pre-Christmas tradition. Farmers carve figures from radishes and display them in the city's main plaza.
    • carve To cut with an edged tool or sharp instrument.
    • carve Specifically — To cut into pieces or slices, as meat at table; divide by cutting, or, figuratively, by parceling out: as, to carve a fowl; to carve up an estate.
    • carve To cut (some solid material) in order to produce the representation of an object or a design; fashion by cutting: as, to carve a block of marble into a statue.
    • carve To produce by cutting; form by cutting or hewing; grave or engrave; sculpture: as, to carve an image; to carve a design in boxwood.
    • carve To decorate by carving; produce cut or sculptured designs upon: as, to carve, a capital; to carve a cherry-stone.
    • carve To mark as with carving.
    • carve To carve out. To make or form by carving or parceling; cut out: as, to carve out a smaller estate from a larger one.
    • carve Figuratively, to achieve by exertion or skill: as, to carve out a career for one's self.
    • carve To exercise the trade of a carver; engrave or cut figures.
    • carve To cut up meat: as, to carve for all the guests.
    • carve To carve for one's self, to do as one pleases; act independently.
    • carve To grow sour; curdle: said of cream.
    • n carve See carue.
    • carve To make a private sign to, at table. See II., 3.
    • carve To make a private sign with the little finger at table, as when one carves (def. II., 2) or pretends to carve, or raises a glass to one's lips.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The saluki is the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. Carvings of animals resembling the saluki have been found in excavations of the Sumerian Empire. They are believed to have originated from between 6,000 and 7,000 B.C.
    • v.t Carve kärv to cut into forms, devices, &c.: to make or shape by cutting: to cut up (meat) into slices or pieces: to apportion or distribute:
    • v.i Carve to exercise the trade of a sculptor
    • v.t Carve kärv (Shak.) to speak with suavity
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  • Charles Buxton
    Charles Buxton
    “The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
    Michelangelo Buonarroti
    “The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A. S. ceorfan, to cut; Dut. kerven; Ger. kerben, to notch.


In literature:

The figure was holding up a wooden bouquet, the yellow paint peeling from the carved flowers.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Five miles from the Mississippi they came to the boundary stone with an M carved on it that marked Victoire's easternmost extent.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
In the latter they are of verd antique, and are finely carved on both sides.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
When a lady presides, the carving knife should be light, of a middling size, and of a fine edge.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Many of the doorways had fluted pilasters, heavily molded casings and carved broken pediments.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
It has three square orders covered with carving and a plain inner one.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
She called his attention to some wood carving her father had done.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Contents most interesting, especially the carved woodwork, copper-work, and Persian armour.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Opposite it are the ruins of Castle How, and not far away the quaint appendage known as Castle Dairy, replete with heraldic carvings.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The balustrade, above, holds a number of grotesque creatures carved in stone.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Oh, I would have painted you so, and now I shall carve you so!
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
Should there be no other guide, a Perpendicular church carries its style and period stamped upon its carvings.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
These panels are surmounted by moulded and carved cinquefoil panels, surmounted by carved finials.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
The stalls are carved and pierced like those at Arbe and Zara, but have lost the tops and the carved divisions.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
There is also a smaller, rudely carved, half length, human figure done in the same style.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Late 18th and early 19th Century reeded carving, typical of the Federal House.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
It was carved by two Florentine sculptors in 1423.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The capitals are extremely rich, elaborate and delicate in their carving.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Capitals carved in outline, often grotesquely sculptured with devices of animals and leaves.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith

In poetry:

As clear on my mind are graven
As the carving upon a shield
The poppies at Monasteraven,
And the cottage in the field;
"Poppies At Monasteraven" by Clinton Scollard
Robin, like a proper knight
As he should have been,
Carved a part of the shoulder right,
And bore off a portion clean.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
A mystic mirror framed
In ebon, wildly carved;
And the prisoned air in the crevice there
Moans like a man that's starved.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
At home he sought the ancient aisle
Wherein, untrumped of fame,
The three had sat in pupilage,
And each had carved his name.
"The Casterbridge Captains" by Thomas Hardy
Nor carve on gleaming, marble slab
A burning thought or deed,
Or word of love, or praise, or blame,
For stranger eyes to read.
"Put Flowers On My Grave" by Madge Morris Wagner
He carved a flute of elder green,
And notched it well and true,
Then pursed his lips and puffed his cheeks
And merrily he blew.
"Pan In The Orchard" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Collectible Munising Bowls were hand-carved in the Upper Peninsula.
One upcoming big-budget World War II movie features German soldiers being shot, beaten to death with baseball bats, scalped, and getting swastikas carved into their foreheads.
She had served on a panel of historians to select inscriptions for the memorial before they were hand-carved into stone, but she did not attend meetings about the inscriptions , memorial officials have said.
(AP) — Two people say they are the ones who carved inscriptions on a 2,200-pound rock — not a band of Vikings who supposedly explored the state in 1363.
Many investigators think the farmer carved the inscriptions in Norse runes on that rock himself.
Disneyland carves up exotic pumpkins.
Karla Rizzo of Orange takes photos of some of the carved pumpkins at Disneyland Friday morning.
Life is a process of pottery wheels turning as a slab of clay turns into an intricate carving of life's worth and discovery.
The name jack-o'-lantern comes from the irish legend of Stingy Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him by carving a cross into the tree trunk.
See the glacier-carved Gore Range in all its jagged splendor.
Tio often carves this luscious bird at the table with a Japanese Nenox Corian "Sujihiki" chef's knife.
Hidden in the richly carved Gothic portals of Chartres Cathedral in France are some 75 sculpted human figures, surrounded by leaves and vines.
If a plain old pumpkin jack-o-lantern isn't your style, or you've mastered pumpkin carving and are looking for a challenge, perhaps consider making a Krang -o-lantern.
Morelia carves niche as career launching pad .
Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones.

In science:

It intuitively means that carving away from the L-walk boundary partition function the contribution of one connected domain with two boundary punctures brings one back to the L-walk bulk partition function.
Conformal Random Geometry
To erase, etymologically, is derived from Latin words meaning ‘to scrape out.’ Clearly this meaning is derived from times when writing was often carved in stone.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
Carving out words is essentially different than filling in the letters rendering them i llegible (with due attention to color and texture).
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
If, in an arbitrary triangle, a small percentage δ · 100% where δ ∈ (0, 4/9) of the area is carved away as forbidden from each vertex using line segments parallel to the opposite edge, then under the transformation to the standard equilateral triangle this will result in the alternative H S√3δ/4 .
Relative Density of the Random $r$-Factor Proximity Catch Digraph for Testing Spatial Patterns of Segregation and Association
It has early been proposed that inspiraling binaries could carve a core inside ∼ rh , thus providing an explanation for the mass deficits present in the center of gas-poor giant ellipticals (Makino & Ebisuzaki 1996).
Mergers of Unequal Mass Galaxies: Supermassive Black Hole Binary Evolution and Structure of Merger Remnants
The cylinder was initially carved out from perfect FCC lattice and before compression, it was 2.5nm in diameter and 7.5nm in height, comprising 2016 atoms (see figure 3) with periodic boundary conditions imposed along all three directions.
Realistic time-scale fully atomistic simulations of surface nucleation of dislocations in pristine nanopillars
Each bar is an idiophone with varying cross section carved for producing a harmonic, clearly defined tone such that it can be tuned to a pitch of a musical scale.
Music in Terms of Science
Somewhat in parallel with the renowned Banach contraction principle (see, for instance, ), Kannan’s fixed point theorem has carved out a niche for itself in fixed point theory since its inception in 1969 .
On a Fixed Point Theorem for a Cyclical Kannan-type Mapping
Density estimates p(~v |S ) and p(~v |B ) are obtained for the signal S and background B in the variable space V ∋ ~v provided, and used to carve out a signalrich region.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
In some cases I also carved up the galaxy into annuli, and allowed the center of each annulus to vary with respect to the next one.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
The gapping of states carves holes into the continuum of electron-hole excitations.
Neutron Scattering Studies of Antiferromagnetic Correlations in Cuprates
If, in an arbitrary triangle, a small percentage δ · 100% where δ ∈ (0, 4/9) of the area is carved away as forbidden from each vertex using line segments parallel to the opposite edge, then under the transformation to the standard equilateral triangle this will result in the alternative H S√3δ/4 .
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
Reionization carves out dark regions in the 21-cm signal, which initially ( ¯xHI ∼ > 0.9) steepen the power spectrum as the first regions to be ionized are the small -scale overdensities, equilibrating power on large scales (McQuinn et al. 2007a).
The distribution of Lyman-limit absorption systems during and after reionization
Each active user does not nearly engage in the same collection of editing activities as everyone else, rather any Wikipedian carves out a role for himself with some degree of specialization.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
What has so far prevented us from decrypting quantum mechanics is the Cookie Cutter Paradigm, according to which the world’s synchronic multiplicity derives from surfaces that carve up space in the manner of three-dimensional cookie cutters.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm