whittling

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

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 The whittling of the line between the listener and the protagonist’s interiority is the central mechanic of the piece, one that Kim and Iskra sought to realize by leaning hard on binaural recording. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 22 June 2021 The whittling was especially tough, because mRNA vaccines weren’t tried-and-true commodities. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2020 Pillsbury dabbled in drawing as a youngster in Nebraska and picked up sculpturing, wax and clay whittling, wood carving and creating bronze, silver and gold jewelry in later years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 In fact, this method takes proper material selection, good cardio, and some solid whittling skills. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of whittling

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whittling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whittling. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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