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  1. whittling(Noun)

    A chip or shaving whittled from some larger substance.

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  1. Whittling

    of Whittle


  1. Whittling

    Whittling is the art of carving shapes typically out of raw wood or bone with a knife. Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialized whittling knives are available as well. They have thick handles which are easier to grip for long periods allowing precise control and pressure. Occasionally the terms "whittling" and "carving" are used interchangeably, but they are different arts. Carving employs the use of chisels, gouges, and a mallet, while whittling involves only the use of a knife. These days whittling is mainly a hobby and not as living as it used to be before carving machines were invented.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whittling in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whittling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Philip Alpers:

    We have the most comprehensive suite of gun laws (in the world) and it would be a great shame to start whittling those down.

  2. Joseph Foster:

    They've set out a plan and we're seeing them execute on it, the biggest nut to crack is the debt burden, and they are whittling away at it. It is all a positive direction.

  3. Micah Brienen:

    I believe it’s another stop in the progressive political movement to destroy the education system, we have a lot of American values and traditions that seem to be whittling away.

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