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high relief

noun, Sculpture.
sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background.
Origin of high relief
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The three figures in front are modelled in high relief, and in beautiful curves; the children in the rear are in low relief.

  • Above are two eagles in high relief, with the thunderbolt of Jupiter in their talons.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • It is translucent green in colour, and with coloured figures in high relief.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • And these parapets are covered with sculpture in high relief.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • She leaned the rocker back and crossed her knees, the movement throwing into high relief the hard lankness of her figure.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Overhead is a large pediment, with its panel sculptured in high relief.

  • It forms a high relief with a shallow depression on each side of it.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • It was renewed, moreover, with the light of a miracle to throw it into high relief.

    The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie
  • The Londesborough thumb-ring has two cockatrices cut in high relief upon an agate.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
British Dictionary definitions for high relief

high relief

relief in which forms and figures stand out from the background to half or more than half of their natural depth Also called alto-relievo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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