—v.t. 1. to cut (a solid material) so as to form something: to carve a piece of pine. 2. to form from a solid material by cutting: to carve a statue out of stone. 3. to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat.
4. to decorate with designs or figures cut on the surface: The top of the box was beautifully carved with figures of lions and unicorns. 5. to cut (a design, figures, etc.) on a surface: Figures of lions and unicorns were carved on the top of the box. 6. to make or create for oneself (often fol. by out): He carved out a career in business.
—v.i. 1. to carve figures, designs, etc.
2. to cut meat.