carving

noun

carv·​ing ˈkär-viŋ How to pronounce carving (audio)
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 programming for the second Reach to Forest includes book readings, art installations, film screenings, panels and talks, activities for kids, and even chain-saw carving demonstrations. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 But a reading lesson that uses a Halloween story might require the cultural references to be translated to local equivalents because children in Mexico, France, or other countries may be unfamiliar with traditions like trick-or-treating or pumpkin carving. Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024 After Earth began to warm some 20,000 years ago and the ocean began to swallow parts of the landscape, the carvings shifted from depictions of inland flora and fauna to fish, sea turtles and other marine life. Nancy Averett, Scientific American, 2 Jan. 2024 The pieces are then cast from Susan's original carving and hand painted. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 Some of the carvings on the femur bones depict a man holding a jade mask just like the one in the tomb. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Hayes gives voice to the Black experience through contemporary mixed-media artwork including sculpting, welding and carving. Jessica Swannie, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 The town itself is still hemmed in by its ancient walls punctuated with watchtowers, and its cathedral dates back to the 1200s and contains several important frescoes and carvings. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 Her face, with its pinhole eyes and rudimentary modeling, reveals the recent influence on Picasso of ancient Iberian sculptures and Romanesque carvings. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Carving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carving. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

carving

noun
carv·​ing ˈkär-viŋ How to pronounce carving (audio)
1
: the act or art of a person who carves
2
: a carved object, design, or figure
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