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carving Line breaks: carv|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːvɪŋ/

Definition of carving in English:


[mass noun]
1The action of carving.
Example sentences
  • Beth found the skill amazing in its intricacy, like the fine art of carving filigree.
  • After 1922 he concentrated solely on sculpture, becoming influential in disseminating the modern technique of direct carving in the USA.
  • This has enabled the use of several different techniques of carving to be identified.
1.1 [count noun] An object or design carved from a hard material as an artistic work: a carving of an Asian elephant [mass noun]: a table decorated with fluted carving
More example sentences
  • Gilded statues and carvings adorn the walls and pilgrims come from far and wide.
  • Acquiring one for the exhibition was especially important as the carvings are masterpieces of the Palace Museum.
  • It was made of stone, and it had carvings of sea creatures carved into the front door.

Words that rhyme with carving

Worthing • woodcarving

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