n. cutting away parts to create a desired shape
The official delegation including Jimmy Carter, the Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso and King Juan Carlos of Spain visited two cemeteries to offer floral wreaths to the tens of thousands who died carving the canal across the Central American isthmus.
Sentence in Classic:
Everyone protested loudly so that he compromised by taking a long draught of stout for he had found the carving hot work.
My writing is something after the fashion of those little baskets and carving which Liza Mertsalova used to sell me from the prisons.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
I could see even in the dim light that the stone was massively carved, but that the carving had been much worn by time and weather.
Beneath his brow was one hollow socket from which a scar ran down his cheek, carving a diagonal line through his beard.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
Many spare hours he spent, in carving the lid with all manner of grotesque figures and drawings; and it seemed that hereby he was striving, in his rude way, to copy parts of the twisted tattooing on his body.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
Gabriel began to carve second helpings as soon as he had finished the first round without serving himself.