Definition of bas-relief in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbasrɪˌliːf/


[mass noun]
Another term for low relief (see relief (sense 4)).
Example sentences
  • Inside the temples, however, bas-relief was employed, since it does not produce such contrasts and creates a serene effect in the semi-dark.
  • His works are wall pieces that look like drawings rendered in bas-relief.
  • Basso relievo, low relief or bas-relief, is used when the scale of projection is very much less than that of the other dimensions and there is no undercutting at all.


Early 17th century (as basse relieve): from Italian basso-rilievo 'low relief', later altered to the French form.

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