noun (plural corves /kɔːvz/)British
- A wagon or large basket formerly used for bringing coal out of a mine.More example sentences
- All workings here are contrived so that the full corves are put down an inclination and the empty ones up.
- This was further compounded by the fact that Victorian children moved up to twenty corves per day, whilst being sick, malnourished and demoralised in many cases.
- No cage was used, rope and chain wound the corves up the shaft and the men and boys rode the rope by inserting a wooden step into the rope and hanging on.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'basket'): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch korf, from Latin corbis 'basket'.