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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Its walls are decorated with hundreds of stone carvings. Anthony Kronman, Twin Cities, "Anthony Kronman: Hiding the dark parts of our history on campuses is bad for our democracy," 26 Aug. 2019 About the menu: Full breakfast and lunch items are available with a carving station and made-to-order omelets featuring Tillamook Cheddar cheese, bell-pepper mélange, smoked salmon and more. Marc Bona,, "Pier W: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 17 Aug. 2019 TikToks featuring pumpkin carving and spooky makeup were among the most popular. Dami Lee, The Verge, "TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks," 2 Aug. 2019 Using a sharp carving knife, with the blade at a 45-degree angle, cut each steak crosswise into slices 1/4 inch thick, and arrange them overlapping on individual warmed serving plates. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make your Fourth of July menu sizzle with grilled steaks," 3 July 2019 Inside the main lodge are carvings of bears and raccoons for banister finials, a bison head presiding from high up on the great room’s walls. Alec Scott, Sunset Magazine, "Lake Effect: On Reviving a Family Tradition with Your Closest Friends," 22 Jan. 2018 Since then, there have been many speculations as to the origins of the carvings. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 The carving is accompanied by music, a beer garden and a bounty of food trucks. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The six best Colorado art festivals you’re not going to," 28 June 2019 The carvings appear to include depictions of hippos, rhinos, antelopes and horses. Fox News, "Mysterious prehistoric rock carvings discovered in world's largest asteroid crater," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of carving

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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