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calve

 (kăv, käv)
v. calved, calv·ing, calves
v.intr.
1. To give birth to a calf.
2. To break at an edge, so that a portion separates. Used of a glacier or iceberg.
v.tr.
1. To give birth to (a calf).
2. To set loose (a mass of ice). Used of a glacier or iceberg.

[Middle English calven, from Old English *calfian, from calf, calf.]

calve

(kɑːv)
vb
1. (Zoology) to give birth to (a calf)
2. (Geological Science) (of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up

calve

(kæv, kɑv)

v. calved, calv•ing. v.i.
1. to give birth to a calf.
2. (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
v.t.
3. to give birth to (a calf).
4. (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to produce (a detached piece) by calving.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calf calf1]

calve


Past participle: calved
Gerund: calving

Imperative
calve
calve
Present
I calve
you calve
he/she/it calves
we calve
you calve
they calve
Preterite
I calved
you calved
he/she/it calved
we calved
you calved
they calved
Present Continuous
I am calving
you are calving
he/she/it is calving
we are calving
you are calving
they are calving
Present Perfect
I have calved
you have calved
he/she/it has calved
we have calved
you have calved
they have calved
Past Continuous
I was calving
you were calving
he/she/it was calving
we were calving
you were calving
they were calving
Past Perfect
I had calved
you had calved
he/she/it had calved
we had calved
you had calved
they had calved
Future
I will calve
you will calve
he/she/it will calve
we will calve
you will calve
they will calve
Future Perfect
I will have calved
you will have calved
he/she/it will have calved
we will have calved
you will have calved
they will have calved
Future Continuous
I will be calving
you will be calving
he/she/it will be calving
we will be calving
you will be calving
they will be calving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been calving
you have been calving
he/she/it has been calving
we have been calving
you have been calving
they have been calving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been calving
you will have been calving
he/she/it will have been calving
we will have been calving
you will have been calving
they will have been calving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been calving
you had been calving
he/she/it had been calving
we had been calving
you had been calving
they had been calving
Conditional
I would calve
you would calve
he/she/it would calve
we would calve
you would calve
they would calve
Past Conditional
I would have calved
you would have calved
he/she/it would have calved
we would have calved
you would have calved
they would have calved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.calve - release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve"
divide, part, separate - come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
2.calve - birth; "the whales calve at this time of year"
birth, give birth, bear, deliver, have - cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!"
Translations
تَلِدُ
otelit se
kælve
borjazik
kelfa, bera
oteliť sa
buzağılamak

calve

[kɑːv] VIparir

calve

[ˈkɑːv] vivêler, mettre bas

calve

vikalben

calve

[kɑːv] vifigliare

calf1

(kaːf) plural calves (kaːvz) noun
1. the young of a cow, elephant, whale etc.
2. (also ˈcalfskin) leather made from the skin of the young of a cow.
calve (kaːv) verb
to give birth to a calf. The cow calved last night.
References in classic literature ?
Any man who knows anything about butchering knows that the flesh of a cow that is about to calve, or has just calved, is not fit for food.
So then, I will give you this lyre, glorious son of Zeus, while I for my part will graze down with wild-roving cattle the pastures on hill and horse-feeding plain: so shall the cows covered by the bulls calve abundantly both males and females.
Sulivan thinks that the herds do not mingle; and it is a singula fact, that the mouse-coloured cattle, though living on th high land, calve about a month earlier in the season tha the other coloured beasts on the lower land.
Her outgrown cotton dress switched about her calves, over the boot-tops.
I mention this circumstance, because, as if the cows and calves had been purposely locked up in this innermost fold; and as if the wide extent of the herd had hitherto prevented them from learning the precise cause of its stopping; or, possibly, being so young, unsophisticated, and every way innocent and inexperienced; however it may have been, these smaller whales --now and then visiting our becalmed boat from the margin of the lake --evinced a wondrous fearlessness and confidence, or else a still becharmed panic which it was impossible not to marvel at.
He bent down so low to frown at his boots, that he was able to rub the calves of his legs in the pause he made.
It was when the great lilacs and laburnums in the old-fashioned gardens showed their golden and purple wealth above the lichen-tinted walls, and when there were calves still young enough to want bucketfuls of fragrant milk.
But now the old ladies grew afraid to send their lap-dogs to Doctor Dolittle because of the crocodile; and the farmers wouldn't believe that he would not eat the lambs and sick calves they brought to be cured.
Keep the cows and calves together, and the bulls and the plow buffaloes by themselves.
Look you, those calves and thighs are well rounded and straight.
And now the half- weaned calves that have been sheltering themselves in a gorse- built hovel against the left-hand wall come out and set up a silly answer to that terrible bark, doubtless supposing that it has reference to buckets of milk.
They are rather a diminutive race, generally below five feet five inches, with crooked legs and thick ankles - a deformity caused by their passing so much of their time sitting or squatting upon the calves of their legs and their heels, in the bottom of their canoes - a favorite position, which they retain, even when on shore.