\ ˈskəlpt \
sculpted; sculpting; sculpts

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carve, sculpture

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Examples of sculpt in a Sentence

She carefully sculpted the wood. The children painted and sculpted all morning. Sculpt your back with push-ups.
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It's been testing to determine whether the valley was sculpted by flowing water, wind erosion or combination of factors. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Opportunity rover threatened by giant storm on Mars," 13 June 2018 As a member of a millennia-old profession, 28-year-old artist Laura Rokas can do her job — painting, sculpting, drawing, weaving — without the help of most modern technology. Tracey Lien,, "Likes, comments and sometimes sales — how Instagram is shaping the art world," 5 Mar. 2018 Buick’s hallmark toothy grille is now more subdued and the avant-garde LED headlight pods are artfully sculpted. Malcolm Gunn,, "2018 Buick Enclave," 17 May 2018 Others embrace the idea of making resin molds, sewing straps and harnesses, and sculpting body parts. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "In JJC program, students learn to blend science and art into gift of mobility," 7 Apr. 2018 Before a brief rally from the Orioles offense, the game was Ramírez’s to sculpt. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 Savants like Alonzo Clemons—who sadly suffered a traumatic head injury as a toddler, leaving him with learning difficulties and a low IQ but an incredible ability to sculpt—have helped propel our understanding of creativity. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018 But trying to use science to inform policy can feel like sculpting with dry sand. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Colombia after the Violence," 9 May 2018 Similarly, the prototypical green salad with ginger-carrot-apple dressing is here, sculpted with wide white strips of daikon rolled around the foliage, the absence of fish inciting the impulsive desire to just get on with the sushi. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Radio Anago is Brendan Sodikoff’s sushi cave under the deep dark sea . . .," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sculpt

: to make (something) by carving or molding clay, stone, etc. : to make (a sculpture)

: to make (a part of your body) more muscular by doing exercises


\ ˈskəlpt \
sculpted; sculpting

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Other words from sculpt

sculptor \ˈskəlp-tər \ noun

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