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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.
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.
Keep the cows and calves together, and the bulls and the plow buffaloes by themselves.
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.
Her outgrown cotton dress switched about her calves, over the boot-tops.
Long thatched sheds stretched round the enclosure, their slopes encrusted with vivid green moss, and their eaves supported by wooden posts rubbed to a glossy smoothness by the flanks of infinite cows and calves of bygone years, now passed to an oblivion almost inconceivable in its profundity.
I see already his muscular calves encased in the gaiters episcopal.
The children of the Petits Carreaux let themselves be hung like calves.
But there were none to stare at him except the long-weaned calves, and none to show dislike of his appearance except the little water-rats which rustled away at his approach.
The horses and the colts and the cows and the calves ran at pasture among them or over them, and flower or shrub had to take its chance.
His shoulders were broad beyond all size, and the calves of his legs larger than those of a common chairman.
She insisted on taking her turns at walking, and when he breathed the panting mares on the steep, and Saxon stood by their heads caressing them and cheering them, Billy's joy was too deep for any turn of speech as he gazed at his beautiful horses and his glowing girl, trim and colorful in her golden brown corduroy, the brown corduroy calves swelling sweetly under the abbreviated slim skirt.