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
Recent Examples on the Web Cleveland Metroparks’ South Chagrin Reservation is home to a historic rock carving next to the Chagrin River and several waterfalls. John Pana, cleveland, 25 May 2021 But at the crux of Collier's dispute was the carving of the N-word into the elevator wall. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 17 May 2021 Whitehead’s descriptions of the labor required to construct this chimeric locomotive are rhythmic, almost imitating the syncopated carving of the land. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 14 May 2021 Foiled by financial issues and personal spats, the carving was abandoned in late 1920s. al, 24 May 2021 Fly into Rapid City and build out a Black Hills vacation from there, working in stops at Deadwood, a historic gold rush town with a Disneyfied spirit, and Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument that is on track to be the largest mountain carving on earth. Ashlea Halpern, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2021 Gjerde argues that the carving likely reflects the importance of skin boats to the first Stone Age people to settle the region. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2021 During an early April visit to the cathedral by The Associated Press, Callahan was putting the finishing touches on the carving about 10 feet (3 meters) above the floor. Ashraf Khalil, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Stone Mountain's carving — which measures 190 feet (58 meters) across and 90 feet (27 meters) tall — was completed in 1972 and shows the three Confederate leaders mounted on horseback. Sudhin Thanawala, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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