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sculpture

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noun sculp·ture \ˈskəlp-chər\

Simple Definition of sculpture

  • : a piece of art that is made by carving or molding clay, stone, metal, etc.

  • : the process or art of carving or molding clay, stone, metal, etc., into a sculpture

Full Definition of sculpture

  1. 1a :  the action or art of processing (as by carving, modeling, or welding) plastic or hard materials into works of artb (1) :  work produced by sculpture (2) :  a three-dimensional work of art (as a statue)

  2. 2 :  impressed or raised markings or a pattern of such especially on a plant or animal part

Examples of sculpture

  1. a sculpture of an elephant

  2. an exhibit of African sculpture



Origin of sculpture

Middle English, from Latin sculptura, from sculptus, past participle of sculpere to carve, alteration of scalpere to scratch, carve


First Known Use: 14th century

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sculpture

verb sculp·ture

Definition of sculpture

sculp·turedsculp·tur·ing play \ˈskəlp-chə-riŋ, ˈskəlp-shriŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to form an image or representation of from solid material (as wood or stone)b :  to form into a three-dimensional work of art

  3. 2 :  to change (the form of the earth's surface) by natural processes (as erosion and deposition)

  4. 3 :  to shape by or as if by carving or molding

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to work as a sculptor



Examples of sculpture

  1. <the artist used a hammer and chisel to sculpture the horse out of ice>



1645

First Known Use of sculpture

1645



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