\ ˈskəlpt How to pronounce sculpt (audio) \
sculpted; sculpting; sculpts

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She carefully sculpted the wood. The children painted and sculpted all morning. Sculpt your back with push-ups.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Empress Stone is designed to sculpt and reinvigorate the skin, while The Empress Wand is designed to address muscle tension in the face and jaw. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New and Notable: New products from Burst, Bowflex, Echelon and more," 21 Dec. 2020 Even after 14 billion years, mergers continue to sculpt the overall shape of the galaxy. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, "The New History of the Milky Way," 15 Dec. 2020 The state had just commissioned an artist to sculpt four former U.S. presidents onto the side of a mountain, a tourist attraction that would become known as Mount Rushmore. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Need a secret escape? These getaways are presidential.," 10 Nov. 2020 Cities have long been where the poor and the enterprising go to find opportunity and prosperity, to sculpt their lives amid the economic dynamism that conservatives are supposed to celebrate. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "GOP disdain for big cities is a losing strategy," 27 Oct. 2020 Its library of presets is also a fantastic way to get started using Ozone for mastering and serves as a nice crash course on the multitude of ways this tool can sculpt and shape your finished master. Popular Science, "The best plugins for home music production," 27 Oct. 2020 The other origin is of a poor old woman whose cat came to her in a dream and told her to sculpt a cat out of clay to sell at market. Zack Davisson, Smithsonian Magazine, "Japan’s Love-Hate Relationship with Cats," 11 Sep. 2020 Next, Blackiston, the team’s resident microsurgeon, would take the nascent bots and sculpt them into shapes specified by the computer. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Assemble Frog Stem Cells Into First ‘Living Machines’," 13 Jan. 2020 Chic and lightweight, these figure-flattering yoga pants feel like a gift from the loungewear gods, helping to sculpt your curves without constricting them. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Zella makes the best leggings ever—and you can get them at a huge discount," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sculpt

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sculpt

French sculpter, alteration of obsolete sculper, from Latin sculpere

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30 Dec 2020

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“Sculpt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sculpt

: to make (something) by carving or molding clay, stone, etc. : to make (a sculpture)
chiefly US : to make (a part of your body) more muscular by doing exercises


\ ˈskəlpt How to pronounce sculpt (audio) \
sculpted; sculpting

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sculptor \ ˈskəlp-​tər \ noun

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