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 The biologist Ernst Mayr thought that species concepts in biology were joint-carving in this way. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Watermelon carving, live music, farmers market, fireworks. Mary Colurso |, al, 1 July 2022 There are such modes for carving, pivot slips, outside-edge ski turns, and balance. Outside Online, 20 May 2022 This city-center brunch at Travelle and Travelle Bar at The Langham, Chicago, features a three-course menu complete with a carving, seafood and dessert station. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The village is offering a post-Halloween, post-pumpkin carving, post-pumpkin painting thing to do. Zareen Syed,, 22 Oct. 2021 Eva, a renowned sculptor, is bartering for her dream home with a plinth-like carving inspired by the nearby Gaeta Stone (think Stonehenge). John Anderson, WSJ, 28 June 2022 Other recurring imagery includes a stone carving of the Sheela-Na-Gig, an ancient fertility symbol featuring exaggerated female genitalia, and the Green Man, a pagan symbol of regeneration in which sprigs of plants sprout from human flesh. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 In a high-relief Egyptian limestone carving, dated between 2575-2465 B.C., a man and woman named Memi and Sabu stiffly face forward, as if freezing for a photo. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Aug 2022

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“Carving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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