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sculpture Line breaks: sculp|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈskʌlptʃə/

Definition of sculpture in English:


[mass noun]
1The art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster: the boundary between painting and sculpture is displaced
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  • The two levels above this are fully fitted out with studios for a variety of arts - painting, sculpture, silkscreen, graphics - and exhibit walls at the building's periphery.
  • Achieved by advanced computer techniques, it is pure sculpture.
  • Were the architects inspired by sculpture when they designed the idiosyncratic form of the Seattle Public Library?
1.1 [count noun] A work of art made by sculpture: a bronze sculpture [mass noun]: a collection of sculpture
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  • Monuments, public sculptures, commemorative sites and museums are being created at an accelerated pace.
  • Her mixed-media sculptures and leaded glass panels and windows adorn projects ranging from private residences to churches and public buildings across the country.
  • This sculpture evolved into a repeat pattern because of the fact that the saddle surface refuses to permit the closure of form.
1.2 Zoology & Botany Raised or sunken patterns or texture on the surface of a shell, pollen grain, cuticle, or other biological specimen: ammonite shells with external sculpture near the aperture


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1Make or represent (a form) by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques: the choir stalls were each carefully sculptured
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  • In Florence Cathedral the equestrian figures of the English condottiere John Hawksmoor by Uccello and of Niccolò da Tolentino by Castagno both simulate sculptured monuments.
  • In anthropological accounts, in no instance are boundaries - whether marked by sticks lying across a road or elaborate sculptured portals - meant actually and always to block movement across them.
  • The bath had original sculptured Carrara marble, nickel-leg sinks, and some examples of the original moldings.
1.1Form or shape as if by sculpture, especially with strong, smooth curves: (as adjective sculptured) he had an aquiline nose and sculptured lips
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  • A high nose, sculptured lips and a chiselled jaw completed the work of art.
  • You can't look at the smooth, sculptured lines of a Marchetti SF - 260 or Partenavia P68 without thinking of a Ferrari or Maserati.
  • He ran a hand down the smooth and finely sculptured chest, the muscles twitching upon the caress of the long, tapered fingers.


Late Middle English: from Latin sculptura, from sculpere 'carve'.

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