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CALVE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does calve mean? 

CALVE (verb)
  The verb CALVE has 2 senses:

1. release ice
2. birth

  Familiarity information: CALVE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CALVE (verb)


Sense 1calve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Release ice

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

calve; break up

Context example:

The icebergs and glaciers calve

Hypernyms (to "calve" is one way to...):

divide; part; separate (come apart)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2calve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Birth

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

have young; calve

Context example:

the whales calve at this time of year

Hypernyms (to "calve" is one way to...):

litter (give birth to a litter of animals)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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