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

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Synonyms for sculpture

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Elgin’s critics have accused him of looting the sculptures from the Parthenon. Fox News, "Ancient Greek treasures recovered from the wreck of Lord Elgin’s ship," 23 Oct. 2019 The sculptures appear ready to browse on the leaves. Lynn Ischay, cleveland, "Ghana artist carving a future, drawing attention on Cleveland’s West Side," 20 Oct. 2019 The state capital features Mexico’s largest promenade, a vibrant waterfront stretch adorned with sculptures from Mexican artists. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, "Head to La Paz rather than overdeveloped Los Cabos for the real Baja California Sur," 2 Oct. 2019 Artisanal furniture makers brought in custom pieces, and sculpture from multiple artists were woven in throughout the sprawling spaces. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Luxe Lincoln Park Home that Sacrifices Nothing," 16 Aug. 2019 Once inside, the murals can be approached but not directly seen due to several tall sculptures from the Watchtower series strategically placed throughout the space. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Dallas exhibition of art star Francesco Clemente was years in the making — and worth the wait," 1 Aug. 2019 Nearby is an eye-catching sculpture from Moroccan artist Batoul S’Himi. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Women’s Voices Ring With a Resounding Roar in This New Show," 16 July 2019 Banowetz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Colorado State University in 2004, according to her website. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hybrid venus-fly-trap-scientist traveling in space is coming to Cherry Creek," 3 July 2019 Each prize came with a $35,000 check and a sculpture from Blake Street Glass. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Seen: Artist Nengudi honored at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation awards," 5 June 2019 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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sculpture was in the 14th century

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sculpture

noun
How to pronounce sculpture (audio)

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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