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 for carving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carve \Carve\ (k[aum]rv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carved
     (k[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Carving.] [AS. ceorfan to cut,
     carve; akin to D. kerven, G. kerben, Dan. karve, Sw. karfva,
     and to Gr. gra`fein to write, orig. to scratch, and E.
     -graphy. Cf. Graphic.]
     1. To cut. [Obs.]
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              Or they will carven the shepherd's throat.
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     2. To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic
        or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave.
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              Carved with figures strange and sweet. --Coleridge.
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     3. To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to
        form; as, to carve a name on a tree.
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              An angel carved in stone.             --Tennyson.
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              We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone.
                                                    --C. Wolfe.
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     4. To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to
        divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion.
        "To carve a capon." --Shak.
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     5. To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting.
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              My good blade carved the casques of men. --Tennyson.
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              A million wrinkles carved his skin.   --Tennyson.
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     6. To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
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              Who could easily have carved themselves their own
              food.                                 --South.
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     7. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
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              Lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new
              doublet.                              --Shak.
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     To carve out, to make or get by cutting, or as if by
        cutting; to cut out. "[Macbeth] with his brandished steel
        . . . carved out his passage." --Shak.
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              Fortunes were carved out of the property of the
              crown.                                --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carving \Carv"ing\, n.
     1. The act or art of one who carves.
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     2. A piece of decorative work cut in stone, wood, or other
        material. "Carving in wood." --Sir W. Temple.
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     3. The whole body of decorative sculpture of any kind or
        epoch, or in any material; as, the Italian carving of the
        15th century.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory
           or stone) in order to create a desired shape
      2: removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern
         or shape [syn: carving, cutting]
      3: creating figures or designs in three dimensions [syn:
         sculpture, carving]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  27 Moby Thesaurus words for "carving":
     bust, doll, dolly, dummy, fantoccini, figure, figurehead, figurine,
     gingerbread man, lay figure, man of straw, manikin, mannequin,
     marionette, model, monument, portrait bust, puppet, scarecrow,
     sculpture, snowman, statuary, statue, statuette, wax figure,
     waxwork, wood carving

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