from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cutting of material such as stone or wood to form a figure or design.
  • n. A figure or design formed by this kind of cutting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A carved object.
  • v. Present participle of carve.
  • v. Executing turns without pivoting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of one who carves.
  • n. A piece of decorative work cut in stone, wood, or other material.
  • n. The whole body of decorative sculpture of any kind or epoch, or in any material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or art of carving. Specifically
  • n. A branch of sculpture consisting of work of decorative character rather than statuary or monumental relief.
  • n. A device or figure carved; a design produced by carving: as, a tomb ornamented with carvings.
  • n. In coal-mining, nearly the same as cutting (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. creating figures or designs in three dimensions
  • n. removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
  • n. a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape


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