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CARVING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does carving mean? 

CARVING (noun)
  The noun CARVING has 3 senses:

1. a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape
2. removing parts to create a desired shape
3. creating figures or designs in three dimensions

  Familiarity information: CARVING used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CARVING (noun)


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Meaning:

A sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("carving" is a kind of...):

sculpture (a three-dimensional work of plastic art)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "carving"):

cinquefoil (an ornamental carving consisting of five arcs arranged in a circle)

glyptic art; glyptography (carvings or engravings (especially on precious stones))

scrimshaw (a carving (or engraving) on whalebone, whale ivory, walrus tusk, etc., usually by American whalers)

vermiculation (a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings)

woodcarving (a carving created by carving wood)


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Meaning:

Removing parts to create a desired shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

carving; cutting

Hypernyms ("carving" is a kind of...):

creating by removal (the act of creating by removing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "carving"):

truncation (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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Meaning:

Creating figures or designs in three dimensions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sculpture; carving

Hypernyms ("carving" is a kind of...):

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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "carving"):

modeling; modelling; molding; moulding (a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied)


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