Sculpture definition

skŭlpchər
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.
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To work as a sculptor.
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To cut, carve, chisel, cast, weld, mold, etc. into statues, figures, etc.
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To decorate with sculpture.
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To represent in sculpture.

Sculpture a lion.

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To ornament with sculpture.
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Any work of sculpture, or such works collectively.
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Ridges, indentations, or other markings, as on a shell, formed by natural processes.
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A work of art created by sculpture.
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To represent or portray by means of sculpture.
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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.
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Such works of art considered as a group.
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To fashion (stone, bronze, or wood, for example) into a three-dimensional figure.
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(countable) A work of art created by sculpting.
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Works of art created by sculpting, as a group.
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To represent something in sculpture.
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(uncountable) The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, professionally performed by a sculptor.
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To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.
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To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.
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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.

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To change in form by erosion.

Rock sculptured by a river.

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To change the shape or contour of, as by erosion.
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To make sculptures or a sculpture.
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To make or form as or like sculpture.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sculpture
Plural:
sculptures

Origin of sculpture

  • Middle English from Latin sculptūra from sculptus past participle of sculpere to carve skel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sculptura (“sculpture"), from sculpere (“to cut out, to carve in stone").

    From Wiktionary