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Carve, 1) to cut, to hew: “Macbeth . . . with his brandished steel . . . --d out his passage,” Mcb. I, 2, 19.
2) to cut meat at table: “a calf's head and a capon, the which if I do not c. most curiously, say my knife is naught,” Ado V, 1, 157. “to c. a capon,” H4A II, 4, 502. “let's c. him as a dish fit for the gods,” Caes. II, 1, 173. Absolutely: “Boyet, you can c.” LLL IV, 1, 55. “--d to thee,” Err. II, 2, 120. Hence == to show great courtesy and affability: “she discourses, she --s,” Wiv. I, 3, 49. “a' can c. too and lisp,” LLL V, 2, 323 (quibble in IV, 1, 55). cf. Dyce's Glossary. Followed by for, == to indulge, to do at a person's pleasure: “he may not, as unvalued persons do, c. for himself,” Hml. I, 3, 20. “he that stirs next to c. for his own rage holds his soul light,” Oth. II, 3, 173.
3) to engrave: “c. on every tree the fair, the chaste and unexpressive she,” As III, 2, 9. As III, 2, 9 As III, 2, 9 Tit. V, 1, 139. where cares have --d some (distress) Lucr. 1445. hard misfortune, --d in it (the face) “with tears,” Lucr. 1445 “c. not my love's fair brow,” Sonn. 19, 9.
4) to shape by cutting: she (nature) “--d thee for her seal,” Sonn. 11, 13. “a pair of --d saints,” R2 III, 3, 152. “a head fantastically --d upon it,” H4B III, 2, 335. “c. out dials,” H6C II, 5, 24. And in general, to form, to fashion: “--ing the fashion of a new doublet,” Ado II, 3, 18. “--d like an apple-tart,” Shr. IV, 3, 89.
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