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bas–relief

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noun bas–re·lief \ˌbä-ri-ˈlēf, ˌbas-, bās-; ˈbä-ri-ˌ, ˈbas-, ˈbās-\

Simple Definition of bas–relief

  • : a kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they are only slightly higher than the flat background

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bas–relief

  1. :  sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut; also :  sculpture executed in bas-relief

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Origin and Etymology of bas–relief

French, from bas low + relief raised work


First Known Use: 1667

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