The word "carve" is a verb that means to cut. A person carves to create something artistic or to prepare food:

  • He’s about to carve a turkey.
carving a turkey
  • They carved a pumpkin into a Jack-o-lantern.
carving a pumpkin
  • He’s carving a statue out of stone.
carving stone
  • He carves things out of wood. He’s a woodcarver.
wood carver

We also use the word "carve" to describe how an amount of available time is decreased by some other activity.

  • All of this extra schoolwork is carving into my free time.
  • Bill needs to carve more time out of the day to spend with his kids.
  • The presentation carved half an hour out of the meeting.

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November 19, 2012