carving

noun
carv·​ing | \ ˈkär-viŋ How to pronounce carving (audio) \

Definition of carving

1 : the act or art of one who carves
2 : a carved object, design, or figure

Examples of carving in a Sentence

She bought a small wooden carving of a Buddha. an ancient people proficient in stone carving

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Artists and dog lovers from all over are using their furry friend as inspiration for their jack-o'-lantern carvings including Pomeranian owner Andy Manoloff from Elkhart, Indiana. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Dog-o'-Lanterns Are Going to Be Huge This Halloween," 19 Oct. 2017 Competing in a pumpkin carving contest this year with friends or family? Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Usually kitchen forks are two-pronged and fairly narrow, meant for lifting a hunk of meat or poultry or to assist with carving. Florence Fabricant, The Seattle Times, "8 great kitchen tools you didn’t know you needed," 29 Aug. 2018 Along with beautiful bowls and other vessels scattered through the rooms, a traditional bride and groom set of mini-dolls, often given as wedding gifts, coexist with stamp carvings that hark back centuries as symbols of power. Sally Friedman, Philly.com, "Moorestown family honors its Chinese heritage in a modern setting," 14 Mar. 2018 Our guide leads us around the terraces, explaining that the intricate carvings on the walls basically serve as a huge open-air encyclopedia depicting the teachings of Buddha and offering a glimpse into Indonesia’s past. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "How To Spice Up Your Skincare Routine," 18 Jan. 2019 Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 All too soon, however, the carvings return us to vicious battle scenes. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018 As Natasha Frost at Atlas Obscura puts it, the 16th-century carving of St. George charging a dragon now better resembles a Pixar character. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Restorationist Botches 16th-Century Spanish Statue of Saint," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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carving

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carving

: a carved object, design, or figure
: the act or skill of creating carved objects, designs, or figures

carving

noun
carv·​ing | \ ˈkär-viŋ How to pronounce carving (audio) \

Kids Definition of carving

1 : the art or act of a person who carves
2 : an object or design that has been carved

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