A famous piece of sculpture.
An example of a sculpture is a clay statue of a famous figure.
- 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 verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- 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)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sculptura (“sculpture"), from sculpere (“to cut out, to carve in stone").