- the act of fashioning or producing by cutting into or shaping solid material, as wood.
- a carved design or figure.
Origin of carving
- to cut (a solid material) so as to form something: to carve a piece of pine.
- to form from a solid material by cutting: to carve a statue out of stone.
- to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat.
- to decorate with designs or figures cut on the surface: The top of the box was beautifully carved with figures of lions and unicorns.
- to cut (a design, figures, etc.) on a surface: Figures of lions and unicorns were carved on the top of the box.
- to make or create for oneself (often followed by out): He carved out a career in business.
- to carve figures, designs, etc.
- to cut meat.
Origin of carve
Related Words for carvingfashion, divide, hack, chisel, shape, slice, engrave, etch, mold, sculpt, trim, cleave, hew, indent, form, pattern, chip, stipple, tool, incise
Examples from the Web for carving
Contemporary Examples of carving
One of the men was carrying a carving knife and a live goose.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
In the carving, the temple is depicted with a classical pediment front and a colonnade of columns supporting the structure.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
July 24, 2014
As I well recall, carving an extra $100 out of that is not easy.Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much?
June 4, 2013
One woman faced down the two alleged killers who used cleavers and carving knives to hack a soldier to death in London.The Woman Who Stood Up to the Woolwich Butchers
May 23, 2013
Fly, Ravens, Fly Baltimore capitalized on the James fumble, carving up the vaunted 49er defense with a mixture of run and pass.15 Best Moments of the 2013 Super Bowl (VIDEO)
February 4, 2013
Historical Examples of carving
It was only when coming back, carving knife and fork in hand, that she spoke again.The Secret Agent
In carving a round of beef, slice it horizontally and very thin.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
It is characteristic of this style that the carving is not so deep as in the previous work.
The carving of the woodwork of these erections is often very elaborate.
There is not a vestige nor indication of carving or decoration of any sort or kind.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- a figure or design produced by carving stone, wood, etcRelated adjective: glyptic
- (tr) to cut or chip in order to form somethingto carve wood
- to decorate or form (something) by cutting or chippingto carve statues
- to slice (meat) into piecesto carve a turkey
Word Origin for carve
c.1200, verbal noun from carve.
Old English ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, past participle corfen) "to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave," from West Germanic *kerfan (cf. Old Frisian kerva, Middle Dutch and Dutch kerven, German kerben "to cut, notch"), from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch," making carve the English cognate of Greek graphein "to write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus.
Once extensively used, most senses now usurped by cut (v.). Meaning specialized to sculpture, meat, etc., by 16c. Related: Carved; carving. Original strong conjugation has been abandoned, but archaic carven lingers.