sculpture

noun
sculp·​ture | \ ˈskəlp-chər How to pronounce sculpture (audio) \

Definition of sculpture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

sculpture

verb
sculptured; sculpturing\ ˈskəlp-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce sculpturing (audio) , ˈskəlp-​shriŋ \

Definition of sculpture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

intransitive verb

: to work as a sculptor

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Synonyms for sculpture

Synonyms: Verb

carve, sculpt

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Examples of sculpture in a Sentence

Noun

a sculpture of an elephant an exhibit of African sculpture

Verb

the artist used a hammer and chisel to sculpture the horse out of ice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chisel & Mouse Chisel & Mouse, the British company known for its exacting small scale building replicas, released a new line of sculptures to celebrate Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can now buy iconic Bauhaus buildings in miniature," 3 Dec. 2018 Sales of 50 limited-edition sculptures will raise money for the Mary Hare School for Deaf Children to expand their program. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wore the Cutest J.Crew Jumpsuit for a Very Special Meeting," 25 Sep. 2018 Similar wires appear in many of the other sculptures within the show, a gesture that creates an unabashedly pretty sparkle. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Karin Broker presses history into a pretty show with a steely theme," 2 May 2018 While there may not be a rulebook for creating such a sculpture, Libeskind’s geometric and angular style helped inform his blueprints for the project. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How Architect Daniel Libeskind Redesigned the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star," 15 Nov. 2018 The Arteriors collection, filled with dozens of table or floor lamps, pendants and chandeliers, plus mirrors, sculptures, tables, chairs and sofas covers dozens of items. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Arteriors new collection remains current, edgy," 13 June 2018 And, of course, there are master sculptures throughout the space to ooh and ahh at. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The New LEGO House Is The Perfect Place To Spend Christmas," 18 Dec. 2018 The show also features prints made directly from fish, a charcoal rubbing made from a rock, and more octopus pot sculptures. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Eight ceramic octopus traps? Why Daniel Silva's show at Baert Gallery has us hooked," 23 June 2018 Katz, also a potter, has sculptures which are classics in the garden. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Art And Garden Tour Beckons Lovers Of Beauty," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What is the significance of sharing art and specifically sculpture outside? Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Local artist donates sculpture for auction to aid Wells'Built Museum," 3 Apr. 2018 A life-size cow sculptured from butter has been a tradition at the Ohio State Fair since the early 1900s. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio's 2017 butter sculpture: In living color," 25 July 2017 Two round medallions that stud this one-of-a-kind Makassar ebony pendant are sculptured from gold. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "T Magazine Newsletter," 10 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of sculpture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for sculpture

Noun

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

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sculpture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sculpture

: 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

noun
sculp·​ture | \ ˈskəlp-chər How to pronounce sculpture (audio) \

Kids Definition of sculpture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sculpture

verb
sculptured; sculpturing

Kids Definition of sculpture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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