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sculpt

[skuhlpt]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. Fine Arts. to carve, model, or make by using the techniques of sculpture.
  2. 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 formsre·sculpt, verb (used with object)
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  • But there was the murmur of a woman's voice without, and Fairfax, his sculpting tools in his hands, opened the door.

    Fairfax and His Pride

    Marie Van Vorst


British Dictionary definitions for sculpting

sculpt

verb
  1. a variant of sculpture (def. 5), sculpture (def. 6), sculpture (def. 7), sculpture (def. 8)
  2. (intr) 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 sculpting

sculpt

v.

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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