To carve is to cut or shape something with a sharp object. Carving is often used to make objects look more beautiful or artistic.

  • The artist carved the statue of the goddess using a very sharp knife.

  • The sculptor was carving the statue of a woman when he found her.

Definition of carves


engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface


chip at


cut to pieces


cut up


form by carving

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Example Sentences for carves

  • 1

    The man carves the joint and cuts the bread.

  • 2

    It is the Hopi approach to the art of Kachina doll carving.

  • 3

    The outside of the winter melon is often carved with artistic patterns.

  • 4

    In the Sassanian art the huge round carved statue is sensational and unique.

  • 5

    His job is to carve in their names.

  • 6

    He carved in the message of the Gospel.

  • 7

    The carving of the temple is related to the story.

  • 8

    The carvings represent the contents of the museum.

  • 9

    The colonnade and the ceiling are tastefully carved.

  • 10

    The literary mind and the carving of dragons.