whittling

noun
whit·​tling | \ ˈ(h)wit-liŋ How to pronounce whittling (audio) , ˈ(h)wi-tᵊl-iŋ \

Definition of whittling

1 : the act or art of whittling
2 : a piece cut away in whittling

Examples of whittling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Wood Carving Skills for Survival," 25 Feb. 2020 This whittling of Miniso’s plans may also be part of a drastic overall decline in consumption in India, as evident in sectors like automobiles and FMCG. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Miniso wants to make in India and sell to the world," 14 Aug. 2019 The anonymous poster’s lower bound proves that this whittling down couldn’t possibly save more than about 40 million episodes — but that’s enough to get a nice start on season two. Quanta Magazine, "Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem," 5 Nov. 2018 Despite a wave of mergers since the crisis, Spain still has some whittling to do. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of whittling

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2020

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“Whittling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whittling. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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