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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The choices will include stations for pizza, omelets, carvings and desserts as well as a chilled seafood bar. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Dining out on dad’s day? Here’s a guide to Father’s Day restaurant specials," 7 June 2019 The only time Bonnie almost folds is when Mary Louise surprises the moms at Madeline’s house (my favourite frenemies — Mary Louise is still winning) during a pumpkin carving session. Morgan Baila,, "Big Little Lies Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: The Door’s Hinged," 4 July 2019 There are forks for fish, melons, pickles, dessert, dinner, oysters, salad, and carving. Cate Mcquaid,, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 For quality works, including totem poles, sandstone carvings and graphic prints, shop at reputable art galleries and museum stores. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 The rich, varied selection includes everything from tiny ivory carvings to pairs of screens spanning more than 30 feet, from ceramics to textiles, from armor to Issey Miyake dresses, from tomb sculptures to photographs, and much, much more. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Review: From Adorable to Fearsome," 25 June 2019 In the outback, capture Uluru’s red rock and ancient carvings aglow at sunset, and zoom in on endemic desert wildlife. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Wooden shoe carving and an ice cream eating contest are just part of the fun at this Scandinavian celebration June 15. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train rides, a rodeo, zip lining, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 June 2019 Sure, the best way to avoid spoilers is by watching each episode in real time, but when you're swamped with a busy schedule of carving pumpkins and baking apple desserts during the fall, that's not always possible. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How to Watch 'The Good Doctor' Online," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carving was in the 13th century

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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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