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[skuhlp-cherd] /ˈskʌlp tʃərd/
having a surface or shape molded, marked, carved, indented, etc., by or as if by sculpture:
sculptured leather belts.
Origin of sculptured
First recorded in 1700-10; sculpture + -ed2
Related forms
nonsculptured, adjective
unsculptured, adjective


[skuhlp-cher] /ˈskʌlp tʃər/
the art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio, or in the round.
such works of art collectively.
an individual piece of such work.
verb (used with object), sculptured, sculpturing.
to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).
to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.
Physical Geography. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.
verb (used without object), sculptured, sculpturing.
to work as a sculptor.
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin sculptūra, equivalent to sculpt(us) (past participle of sculpere to carve) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
sculptural, adjective
sculpturally, adverb
nonsculptural, adjective
nonsculpturally, adverb
resculpture, verb (used with object), resculptured, resculpturing.
unsculptural, adjective
Can be confused
sculptor, sculpture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for sculptured
Historical Examples
  • From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The sculptured decorations of all are for the most part intact and undisfigured.

  • Rubbings taken from the sculptured slabs are reproduced here in full.

    Chinese Painters Raphael Petrucci
  • Her face, shaded by a drapery of dove blue, was as fair as sculptured marble.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Stuart, Mr John, and the sculptured stones in Scotland, 410.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • The sides of the gallery were covered with strange and sculptured forms.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Those marble mantel-pieces, sculptured in female figures, how massive!

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • This ball has been molten by heat, chilled to a solid, and sculptured by water.

  • This, with its sculptured slabs, has fallen into the rooms below.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The most animated and boldest compositions are sculptured in these reliefs.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for sculptured


the art of making figures or designs in relief or the round by carving wood, moulding plaster, etc, or casting metals, etc
works or a work made in this way
ridges or indentations as on a shell, formed by natural processes
the gradual formation of the landscape by erosion
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to carve, cast, or fashion (stone, bronze, etc) three dimensionally
to portray (a person, etc) by means of sculpture
to form in the manner of sculpture, esp to shape (landscape) by erosion
to decorate with sculpture
Also (for senses 5–8) sculpt
Derived Forms
sculptural, adjective
sculpturally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sculptūra a carving; see sculpt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sculptured



late 14c., from Latin sculptura "sculpture," from past participle stem of sculpere "to carve, engrave," back-formation from compounds such as exculpere, from scalpere "to carve, cut," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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