high relief


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 Which brought our collective hurtle toward catastrophe into high relief. Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2022 The cities’ differences were in high relief at high school graduation. Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Misty’s willingness to cross boundaries, not just to menace but to endanger, puts into high relief the grief of Natalie, another outsider, who is also unstable. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 These circumstances are cast in high relief when a single event — like Ida or Henri or a summer downpour — reveals just how fragile a system really is. Diana Budds, Curbed, 2 Sep. 2021 But, in one of the most striking photographs, three fleeing figures—two women and a man, in high relief against a gray background—do occupy the central space. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 Juxtaposed with Athey, an extremist of an effectively harmless sort, narratives of bloody martyrdom as the path to salvation are thrown into high relief. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 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, 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, 3 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of high relief

1703, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“High relief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20relief. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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