Burrow vs Carve - What's the difference?

burrow | carve |

As nouns the difference between burrow and carve

is that burrow is a tunnel or hole, often as dug by a small creature while carve is (obsolete) a carucate.

As verbs the difference between burrow and carve

is that burrow is to dig a tunnel or hole while carve is (archaic) to cut.




(en noun)
  • A tunnel or hole, often as dug by a small creature.
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • But very soon he grew to like it, for the Boy used to talk to him, and made nice tunnels' for him under the bedclothes that he said were like the ' burrows the real rabbits lived in.
  • (mining) A heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse.
  • A mound.
  • An incorporated town.
  • (Webster 1913)


    (en verb)
  • To dig a tunnel or hole.
  • carve




  • (archaic) To cut.
  • * Tennyson
  • My good blade carved the casques of men.
  • To cut meat in order to serve it.
  • You carve the roast and I'll serve the vegetables.
  • To shape to sculptural effect; to produce (a work) by cutting, or to cut (a material) into a finished work.
  • to carve a name into a tree
  • * {{quote-book, year=1920, year_published=2008 , edition=HTML, author=Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • , title=Thuvia, Maiden of Mars citation , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , passage=The facades of the buildings fronting upon the avenue within the wall were richly carven
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.}}
  • (snowboarding) To perform a series of turns without pivoting, so that the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.
  • (figuratively) To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
  • * South
  • who could easily have carved themselves their own food.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2010
  • , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards. }}
  • To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.

    Derived terms

    * carver * carvery * carve out * carved in stone * carve up * carve-up


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A carucate.
  • half a carve of arable land


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