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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These mountaintop sessions included time spent testing different equipment, practicing different carving drills, and finessing her techniques. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 Cover with foil, and let stand at least 20 minutes to set juices for easier carving. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Transfer turkey to a carving board or cutting board set in a rimmed baking sheet (to catch juices while carving). Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dry-Brined Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Turkey," 24 Oct. 2018 The couple eventually expanded their approach to include a wide selection of genres, from Paleolithic bone carvings to Byzantine artifacts to pop-art paintings. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 The hotel houses more than 300 pieces of art, including paintings from the Cuzco school, carvings, and sculptures, so make time to take a lap (or three). Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Juggy takes some pics of the carvings on Dilton’s back while Dr. C tells Betty that there’s something familiar about the situation. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 2: Betty and Jughead Have a New Mystery to Solve," 18 Oct. 2018 Welcome Baptist Church workers discovered the carving along with an upside down cross and an anarchy symbol burned onto the front columns of the building that houses an addiction recovery group, according to an incident report. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "'Hail Satan' carved into South Carolina Baptist church," 11 July 2018 The largely accepted theory today is that local native tribes created the 2,000-year-old carvings. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 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 \

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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