carv·ing | \ˈkär-viŋ \

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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The school’s Art Nouveau building has long been seen as a gem of world architecture, especially its library, which was filled with ornate carving reminiscent of Japan as much as Scotland. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Glasgow’s Artists Mourn After Fire Rips Through City’s Creative Heart," 18 June 2018 Watch wood turners and other German craftsmen demonstrate their carving skills, and learn about European Railroading from the Milwaukee Chapter of the European Train Enthusiasts. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Major summer festivals in Milwaukee in 2018; Summerfest and many more," 18 May 2018 In 2017, for example, the technology helped them map 2,000-year-old Venezuelan rock carvings. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Used Drones to Find New Ancient Drawings in Peru," 6 Apr. 2018 Look for a diameter of at least 8 inches, which will require less carving. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Artisans sell stone carvings and llamas made from salt. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 Its geologic layers tell a tale that goes back more than 1.8 billion years, including the period 6 million years ago when the Colorado River first raised its carving knives. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 Poke hole in bottom of squash with small carving knife, then insert small branch with leaves. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "65+ of the Most Creative Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Ideas," 14 Sep. 2017 Get everything on the table and hand the carving knife to the resident expert. Redbook, "A Stay-On-Track Thanksgiving Timetable," 21 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of carving

: a carved object, design, or figure

: the act or skill of creating carved objects, designs, or figures


carv·ing | \ˈkär-viŋ \

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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