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sculpture

noun sculp·ture \ ˈskəlp-chər \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of sculpture

1 a : the action or art of processing (as by carving, modeling, or welding) plastic or hard materials into works of art
b (1) : work produced by sculpture
(2) : a three-dimensional work of art (such as a statue)
2 : impressed or raised markings or a pattern of such especially on a plant or animal part

Examples of sculpture in a Sentence

  1. a sculpture of an elephant

  2. an exhibit of African sculpture

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Origin and Etymology of sculpture

Middle English, from Latin sculptura, from sculptus, past participle of sculpere to carve, alteration of scalpere to scratch, carve

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sculpture

verb

Definition of sculpture

sculptured; sculpturing play \ˈskəlp-chə-riŋ, ˈskəlp-shriŋ\
1 a : to form an image or representation of from solid material (such as wood or stone)
b : to form into a three-dimensional work of art
2 : to change (the form of the earth's surface) by natural processes (such as erosion and deposition)
3 : to shape by or as if by carving or molding
: to work as a sculptor

Examples of sculpture in a Sentence

  1. the artist used a hammer and chisel to sculpture the horse out of ice

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First Known Use of sculpture

1645

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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sculpture Synonyms

Synonyms

carve, sculpt;


SCULPTURE Defined for English Language Learners

sculpture

Definition of sculpture for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of art that is made by carving or molding clay, stone, metal, etc.

  • : the process or art of carving or molding clay, stone, metal, etc., into a sculpture


SCULPTURE Defined for Kids

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sculpture

noun sculp·ture \ ˈskəlp-chər \

Definition of sculpture for Students

1 : the action or art of making statues by carving or chiseling (as in wood or stone), by modeling (as in clay), or by casting (as in melted metal)
2 : a work of art produced by sculpture

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sculpture

verb

Definition of sculpture for Students

sculptured; sculpturing
: to make (a work of art) by shaping (as stone, wood, or metal)


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