bas–relief

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

Definition of bas–relief

  1. art :  sculptural relief (see 1relief 6) in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut (see 1undercut 2); also :  sculpture executed in bas-relief <a limestone bas–relief of a female figure>

Origin and Etymology of bas–relief

French, from bas low + relief raised work


First Known Use: 1667

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BAS–RELIEF Defined for English Language Learners

bas–relief

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

Definition of bas–relief for English Language Learners

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


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