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 company held a free prom-like banquet at a country club for employees in January, giving workers and a guest a chance to dress up and enjoy an extravagant party with colleagues, complete with shrimp cocktail and a carving station. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Anderson-Dubose Co. throws prom-like banquet: Top Workplaces 2020 first-place winner," 28 June 2020 In addition to disputes over the land on which the monument sits, South Dakota tribes have noted that sculptor Gutzon Borglum had ties to white supremacy and completed a carving honoring the Confederacy on Stone Mountain in Georgia. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Oglala Sioux president calls for Mount Rushmore to be 'removed but not blown up'," 25 June 2020 Young thinks the Stone Mountain carving ought to be left in place as a teaching tool about history. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "Andrew Young talks about Confederate monuments, Stone Mountain," 22 June 2020 The group from Sequim spent a day and a half at the Swinomish recovery center, watching patients spill into a lobby with a carving of a hummingbird — which represents healing — fixed to the wall. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "A Native American tribe plans to build an opioid treatment center, but neighbors have vowed to block it," 18 June 2020 Jackson did plenty carving in 2019, completing more than 66 percent of his passes, averaged nearly seven yards per rushing attempt, and had a 36:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Lamar Jackson lauds 'unstoppable' Vick in Madden 2004, pumped to be 'one of a kind' on '21 cover," 16 June 2020 To modern eyes, the carving looks pretty simple, but it’s the work of an artist who knew how to combine several techniques (and work with multiple tools) to shape a figure out of bone. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "13,300-year-old Chinese bird figurine found in a rubbish heap," 10 June 2020 In 2010 in Seattle, John Williams, a Native American woodcarver who was deaf in one ear, was carrying his carving knife and piece of wood when a police officer told him to put the knife down. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "People with disabilities lead hundreds in a more accessible protest against police violence in Milwaukee," 7 June 2020 The tradition of storytelling through sequential art has a long and noble history, used in ancient cave paintings, Roman carvings, tapestries and woodblock printing. New York Times, "Draw Your Own Comics," 29 Apr. 2020

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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