- Sculpture is the art of making forms and figures in clay or other materials or a product of such an art.
An example of a sculpture is a clay statue of a famous figure.
A famous piece of sculpture.
- the art of carving wood, chiseling stone, casting or welding metal, molding clay or wax, etc. into three-dimensional representations, as statues, figures, forms, etc.
- any work of sculpture, or such works collectively
Origin of sculptureMiddle English ; from Classical Latin sculptura ; from sculptus, past participle of sculpere: see sculptor
transitive verbsculptured, sculpturing
- to cut, carve, chisel, cast, weld, mold, etc. into statues, figures, etc.
- to represent or portray by means of sculpture
- to make or form as or like sculpture
- to decorate with sculpture
- to change in form by erosion: rock sculptured by a river
- The art or practice of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, as by chiseling marble, modeling clay, or casting in metal.
- a. A work of art created by sculpture.b. Such works of art considered as a group.
- Ridges, indentations, or other markings, as on a shell, formed by natural processes.
verbsculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing, sculp·tures
- To fashion (stone, bronze, or wood, for example) into a three-dimensional figure.
- To represent in sculpture: sculpture a lion.
- To ornament with sculpture.
- To change the shape or contour of, as by erosion.
Origin of sculptureMiddle English, from Latin sculptūra, from sculptus, past participle of sculpere, to carve; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural sculptures)
(third-person singular simple present sculptures, present participle sculpturing, simple past and past participle sculptured)