Definition of carving in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of carving.

    • ‘He was a pioneer in America of direct carving in stone and wood and in this as well as in his formal austerity he exercised a powerful influence on modern American sculpture.’
    • ‘Its compact, blocky style of carving seems to emphasize durability.’
    • ‘In massive wooden sculptures achieved by direct carving, Raoul Hague world to reveal the individuality of the trees from which they were cut.’
    • ‘This article reviews varied types of relationships that were formed when a kindergarten class embarked on a study of the Native Alaskan art of carving.’
    • ‘This has enabled the use of several different techniques of carving to be identified.’
    • ‘Indeed, he sees an intimate link between his mathematical algorithm and the art of carving.’
    • ‘Collectors and the general public are most familiar with Maori carving and sculpture.’
    • ‘However, I've since discovered that chainsaw carving is actually quite a popular art form - you can take courses in it, buy a video about it, read up on it or watch a true artist at work.’
    • ‘He said his life as a framing educator began in 1978, when Crescent Cardboard asked him to demonstrate mat carving in their booth at a trade show.’
    • ‘Men do a great deal of carving and sculpting in wood.’
    • ‘Thus all detailed carving can be done just with one knife.’
    • ‘What matters most, is the quality of carving, originality and a charming subject.’
    • ‘After 1922 he concentrated solely on sculpture, becoming influential in disseminating the modern technique of direct carving in the USA.’
    1. 1.1count 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’
      • ‘It was made of stone, and it had carvings of sea creatures carved into the front door.’
      • ‘It is a room dense with ornamentation, small sculptures and carvings.’
      • ‘Various artists had also exhibited their paintings and miniature carvings.’
      • ‘Rare paintings, frescoes and stone carvings present a marvellous panorama to the visitor.’
      • ‘Master craftsmen built some Welsh churches, and these may well have been adorned with ornate wooden carvings.’
      • ‘Aborigines originally used the gnarled trunks and roots of local camphor trees as a base for their carvings.’
      • ‘The carvings stem from the Byzantine period and apparently were made by monks in the fourth or fifth century.’
      • ‘Acquiring one for the exhibition was especially important as the carvings are masterpieces of the Palace Museum.’
      • ‘Nigerian folk art ranges from ivory carvings to body painting to wall decoration.’
      • ‘The gilded wooden carvings around the windows had turned brown, but now they gleam.’
      • ‘On the Southern gateway elaborate carvings showing the birth of Gautama Buddha took my breath away.’
      • ‘Wooden carvings of birds hang upside down from a set of wires stretched along the low ceiling.’
      • ‘Bulls are found in stone carvings as well as in the prehistoric cave paintings of the region.’
      • ‘Every corner was adorned with precious wooden and granite carvings mounted on ornate pedestals.’
      • ‘The door was engraved with carvings of dead and live roses with long stems and sharp thorns.’
      • ‘They're best known for their rock art carvings most of which is Pictish and dates from the fourth century.’
      • ‘Gilded statues and carvings adorn the walls and pilgrims come from far and wide.’
      • ‘Scholars believe that these carvings were designed for export to Europe.’
      • ‘Their exhibition features traditional and contemporary Pacific art and carvings.’
      • ‘The walls are dark wood and carvings are etched carefully into posts set around the room.’
      sculpture, model, statue, statuette, figure, figurine, effigy
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