Engrave vs Calve - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between engrave and calve
is that engrave
is while calve
is to give birth to a calf.
From earlier ingrave, equivalent to . More at (l).
(lb) To carve text or symbols into (something), usually for the purposes of identification or art.
*:Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ ("I never) understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
(lb) To carve (something) into a material.
* carve, etch, inscribe
(obsolete) To put in a grave, to bury.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
- So both agree their bodies to engraue ; / The great earthes wombe they open to the sky [...].
To give birth to a calf.
To assist the giving of birth of a calf.
To break off or shed a large piece.
- The glacier was starting to calve even as we watched.
- The sea was dangerous because of icebergs calving off the nearby glacier.