carving

[ kahr-ving ]
/ ˈkɑr vɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of carving

Definition for carving (2 of 2)

carve

[ 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

Related forms

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carving

British Dictionary definitions for carving (1 of 2)

carving

/ (ˈkɑːvɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for carving (2 of 2)

carve

/ (kɑːv) /

verb

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012