high relief

noun

Definition of high relief

: sculptural relief in which at least half of the circumference of the modeled form projects — compare bas-relief

Examples of high relief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The contemporary design and engineering of the movement come alive when positioned in high relief against the Razzle Dazzle pattern, breaking up the monochrome look of previous Freak X models. Carol Besler, Robb Report, "How WWI Battleships Inspired Ulysse Nardin’s Eye-Popping New Freak X Razzle Dazzle Watch," 5 May 2021 The most imposing sculpture is a 17th-century metal plaque showing the figure of a royal courtier in high relief. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Two L.A. museums hold art looted during an African massacre a century ago," 3 May 2021 The optics of having an award expected to be used as a celebration of a life of a Black actor suddenly won by a white one stand out in high relief, but beyond that, the pacing of the whole thing was deeply abrupt. Kathryn Vanarendonk And Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "The Highs, Lows, and Very Big Whoas of the 2021 Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 The memorial became the largest high relief sculpture in the world, depicting Davis, Lee and Jackson on horseback, their figures stretched across three acres. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of high relief

1703, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2021

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“High relief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20relief. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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