Etymology
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carving (n.)

c. 1200, "the action of cutting," verbal noun from carve. From late 14c. as "action of carving meat at the table," also "carved work, something carved." Carving-knife is from early 15c.

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Definitions of carving

carving (n.)
a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape;
carving (n.)
removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape;
Synonyms: cutting
carving (n.)
creating figures or designs in three dimensions;
Synonyms: sculpture
From wordnet.princeton.edu