Definitions for sculptureˈskʌlp tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sculp•tureˈskʌlp tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. such works of art collectively.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. an individual piece of such work.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. (v.t.)to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).

    Category: Fine Arts

  5. to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.

    Category: Fine Arts

  6. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  7. (v.i.)to work as a sculptor.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of sculpture:

1350–1400; < L sculptūra, der. of sculpt(us) (ptp. of sculpere to carve)

sculp′tur•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sculpture(noun)

    a three-dimensional work of plastic art

  2. sculpture, carving(verb)

    creating figures or designs in three dimensions

  3. sculpt, sculpture(verb)

    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material

    "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"

  4. sculpt, sculpture, grave(verb)

    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

    "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sculpture(noun)ˈskʌlp tʃər

    a work of art carved or shaped from stone, wood, clay, etc.

    Rodin's most famous sculpture; the beauty of ancient sculpture

  2. sculptureˈskʌlp tʃər

    the art of making sculptures

    He studied sculpture.

Wiktionary

  1. sculpture(Noun)

    The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, professionally performed by a sculptor

  2. sculpture(Noun)

    A work of art created by sculpting.

  3. sculpture(Noun)

    Works of art created by sculpting, as a group.

  4. sculpture(Verb)

    To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.

  5. sculpture(Verb)

    To represent something in sculpture.

  6. sculpture(Verb)

    To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sculpture(noun)

    the art of carving, cutting, or hewing wood, stone, metal, etc., into statues, ornaments, etc., or into figures, as of men, or other things; hence, the art of producing figures and groups, whether in plastic or hard materials

  2. Sculpture(noun)

    carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc

  3. Sculpture(verb)

    to form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave

Freebase

  1. Sculpture

    Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions, and one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving and modelling, in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since modernism, shifts in sculptural process led to an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast. Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works from ancient cultures, though conversely traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely. However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost. Sculpture has been central in religious devotion in many cultures, and until recent centuries large sculptures, too expensive for private individuals to create, were usually an expression of religion or politics. Those cultures whose sculptures have survived in quantities include the cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean, India and China, as well as many in South America and Africa.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'sculpture' in Nouns Frequency: #1941


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sculpture(noun)

the art of modelling or carving figures, shapes etc

He went to art school to study painting and sculpture.

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