Definitions of carving
  1. noun
    a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape
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    an ornamental carving consisting of five arcs arranged in a circle
    glyptic art, glyptography
    carvings or engravings (especially on precious stones)
    a carving (or engraving) on whalebone, whale ivory, walrus tusk, etc., usually by American whalers
    a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings
    a carving created by carving wood
    anything carved in low relief
    glyptic art in the form of a symbolic figure carved or incised in relief
    glyptics, lithoglyptics
    the art of engraving on precious stones
    diaglyph, intaglio
    glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)
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    a three-dimensional work of plastic art
  2. noun
    removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
    synonyms: cutting
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    a carving or line drawing on rock (especially one made by prehistoric people)
    the replacement of an edge or solid angle (as in cutting a gemstone) by a plane (especially by a plane that is equally inclined to the adjacent faces)
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    creating by removal
    the act of creating by removing something
  3. noun
    creating figures or designs in three dimensions
    synonyms: sculpture
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    modeling, modelling, molding, moulding
    a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
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    art, artistic creation, artistic production
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
    beaux arts, fine arts
    the study and creation of visual works of art
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