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[skuhlpt] /skʌlpt/
verb (used with or without object)
Fine Arts. to carve, model, or make by using the techniques of sculpture.
to form, shape, or manipulate, as in the manner of sculpture:
Her hair was sculpted by a leading hairdresser.
Origin of sculpt
1860-65; < French sculpter < Latin sculpt- (past participle stem of sculpere to carve); or as back formation from sculptor
Related forms
resculpt, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • Do tell me about something else you made, which you loved—something you sculpted.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • At the cathedral doors of Verona, Roland and Oliver were sculpted.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • She was dressed in very severe perfect black, marvellous lines, waiting to be sculpted.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • Walls were stucco, a form of cement that could be sculpted, or paneled or hung with silk and printed paper.

British Dictionary definitions for sculpted


a variant of sculpture (sense 5), sculpture (sense 6), sculpture (sense 7), sculpture (sense 8)
(intransitive) to practise sculpture
Also called (formerly) sculp
Word Origin
C19: from French sculpter, from Latin sculpere to carve
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Word Origin and History for sculpted



1826 (implied in sculpted), from French sculpter, from Latin sculpt-, past participle stem of sculpere "to carve" (see sculpture). Related: Sculpting. The older verb form was sculpture (1640s), also sculp (1530s).

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