from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To give birth to a calf.
- intransitive v. To break at an edge, so that a portion separates. Used of a glacier or iceberg.
- transitive v. To give birth to (a calf).
- transitive v. To set loose (a mass of ice). Used of a glacier or iceberg.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give birth to a calf.
- v. To assist the giving of birth of a calf.
- v. To break off or shed a large piece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bring forth a calf.
- intransitive v. To bring forth young; to produce offspring.
- intransitive v. To throw off fragments which become icebergs; -- said of a glacier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring forth a calf or calves: sometimes used contemptuously of human beings, and by Milton of the earth at the creation of cattle, etc.
- To become separated from or lose a portion of itself: said of a glacier when icebergs are broken off from it.
- To become detached and fall inward, as earth or rock from the walls of a cutting: with in. Now cave in.
- To give birth to, as a cow to a calf; bring forth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. birth
- v. release ice
Middle English calven, from Old English *calfian, from calf, calf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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