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  1. having a surface or shape molded, marked, carved, indented, etc., by or as if by sculpture: sculptured leather belts.
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Origin of sculptured

First recorded in 1700–10; sculpture + -ed2
Related formsnon·sculp·tured, adjectiveun·sculp·tured, adjective


  1. 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.
  2. such works of art collectively.
  3. an individual piece of such work.
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verb (used with object), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.
  1. to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).
  2. to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.
  3. Physical Geography. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.
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verb (used without object), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.
  1. to work as a sculptor.
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Origin of sculpture

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin sculptūra, equivalent to sculpt(us) (past participle of sculpere to carve) + -ūra -ure
Related formssculp·tur·al, adjectivesculp·tur·al·ly, adverbnon·sculp·tur·al, adjectivenon·sculp·tur·al·ly, adverbre·sculp·ture, verb (used with object) re·sculp·tured, re·sculp·tur·ing.un·sculp·tur·al, adjective
Can be confusedsculptor sculpture
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Related Words

sculpt, cut, fashion, chisel, cast, shape, hew, engrave, carve, model, mold, sculp

Examples from the Web for sculptured

Historical Examples

  • From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for sculptured


  1. the art of making figures or designs in relief or the round by carving wood, moulding plaster, etc, or casting metals, etc
  2. works or a work made in this way
  3. ridges or indentations as on a shell, formed by natural processes
  4. the gradual formation of the landscape by erosion
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verb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to carve, cast, or fashion (stone, bronze, etc) three dimensionally
  2. to portray (a person, etc) by means of sculpture
  3. to form in the manner of sculpture, esp to shape (landscape) by erosion
  4. to decorate with sculpture
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Also (for senses 5–8): sculpt
Derived Formssculptural, adjectivesculpturally, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin sculptūra a carving; see sculpt
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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)).

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