sculpture

[skuhlp-cher]

noun

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), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.

to work as a sculptor.

Nearby words

  1. sculpt,
  2. sculptor,
  3. sculptor's tool,
  4. sculptress,
  5. sculptural,
  6. sculptured,
  7. sculpturesque,
  8. scultch,
  9. scultetus bandage,
  10. scum

Origin of sculpture

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin sculptūra, equivalent to sculpt(us) (past participle of sculpere to carve) + -ūra -ure

Related forms
Can be confusedsculptor sculpture

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British Dictionary definitions for sculpture

sculpture

noun

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 tr)

(also intr) 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 Formssculptural, adjectivesculpturally, adverb

Word Origin for sculpture

C14: from Latin sculptūra a carving; see sculpt

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Word Origin and History for sculpture

sculpture

n.

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)).

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