Engrave vs Calve - What's the difference?

engrave | calve |


As verbs the difference between engrave and calve

is that engrave is while calve is to give birth to a calf.

engrave

English

Alternative forms

* (l)

Etymology 1

From earlier ingrave, equivalent to . More at (l).

Verb

(engrav)
  • (lb) To carve text or symbols into (something), usually for the purposes of identification or art.
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  • *: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.
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  • Synonyms
    * carve, etch, inscribe

    Etymology 2

    From .

    Verb

    (engrav)
  • (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 [...].

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    calve

    English

    Verb

    (calv)
  • 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.

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