[ kahr-ving ]
/ ˈkɑr vɪŋ /


the act of fashioning or producing by cutting into or shaping solid material, as wood.
a carved design or figure.

Nearby words

  1. carver chair,
  2. carver, george washington,
  3. carver, john,
  4. carver, raymond,
  5. carvery,
  6. carving fork,
  7. carving knife,
  8. cary,
  9. cary, henry francis,
  10. cary, joyce

Origin of carving


[ kahrv ]
/ kɑrv /

verb (used with object), carved, carv·ing.

verb (used without object), carved, carv·ing.

to carve figures, designs, etc.
to cut meat.

Origin of carve

before 1000; Middle English kerven, Old English ceorfan to cut; cognate with Middle Low German kerven, German kerben, Greek gráphein to mark, write; see graph

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British Dictionary definitions for carving


/ (ˈkɑːvɪŋ) /


a figure or design produced by carving stone, wood, etcRelated adjective: glyptic


/ (kɑːv) /


(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

Old English ceorfan; related to Old Frisian kerva, Middle High German kerben to notch

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Word Origin and History for carving
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