What does Sculpture mean?

Definitions for Sculpture
ˈskʌlp tʃərSculp·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sculpturenoun

    a three-dimensional work of plastic art

  2. sculpture, carvingverb

    creating figures or designs in three dimensions

  3. sculpt, sculptureverb

    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material

    "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"

  4. sculpt, sculpture, graveverb

    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"


  1. sculpturenoun

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

  2. sculpturenoun

    A work of art created by sculpting.

  3. sculpturenoun

    Works of art created by sculpting, as a group.

  4. sculptureverb

    To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.

  5. sculptureverb

    To represent something in sculpture.

  6. sculptureverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sculpturenoun

    Etymology: sculptura, Latin; sculpture, French.

    Then sculpture and her sister arts revive,
    Stones leap’d to form, and rocks began to live. Alexander Pope.

    Nor did there want
    Cornice or freeze with bossy sculptures graven. John Milton.

    There too, in living sculpture, might be seen
    The mad affection of the Cretan queen. Dryden.

  2. To Sculptureverb

    To cut; to engrave.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Gold, silver, ivory vases sculptur’d high,
    There are who have not. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sculpturenoun

    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. Sculpturenoun

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

  3. Sculptureverb

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

  4. Etymology: [L. sculptura: cf. F. sculpture.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sculpture

    skulp′tūr, n. the act of carving figures in wood, stone, &c.: carved-work: an engraving.—v.t. to carve: to form, as a piece of sculpture.—n. Sculp′tor, one who carves figures:—fem. Sculp′tress.—adj. Sculp′tūral, belonging to sculpture.—adv. Sculp′tūrally.—adjs. Sculp′tūred, carved, engraved: (bot., zool.) having elevated marks on the surface; Sculptūresque′, chiselled: clean cut: statue-like. [Fr.,—L. sculpturasculpĕre, sculptum, to carve.]


  1. Sculpture

    the markings or pattern of impression or elevation on an elytra or other body surface.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sculpture in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sculpture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Sculpture in a Sentence

  1. Tom Wolfe:

    Carol Doda's Breasts are up there the way one imagines Electra's should have been, two incredible mammiform protrusions, no mere pliable mass of feminine tissues and fats there but living arterial sculpture––viscera spigot––great blown-up aureate morning glories.

  2. Kenneth Nail:

    Nikki Haley announced. Since then, at least 60 public Confederate symbols have been removed since the 2015 church shooting, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most recently, the city of St. Louis, Mo., removed a Confedearte monument -- a 32-foot-tall granite column with a bronze sculpture -- from a park. Complicating the debate for those opposed to these moves is the involvement of hate groups like the KKK. The group is planning a rally for July 8 following a decision by the city council in Charlottesville, Va., to remove a statue of Gen. Lee Park and rename Lee Park. Meanwhile, in April, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the removal of multiple Confederate statues. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu received brutal backlash and was forced to have heavy police presence in place when the nighttime removals began. Despite threats that people would boycott New Orleans, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not back down. These statues are not just stone and metal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a highly lauded speech after the last Confederate statue had been taken down. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for. But to others, like Kenneth Nail Nail, it’s not about oppression. To us, it’s not a hate thing. It’s a heritage thing and what we like to do is celebrate everyone's struggles : the blacks, the whites, the north and south.

  3. Mark Jenkins:

    Interfacing street sculpture in public space creates an installation environment that turns regular space into art space. Signs and people and everything around a street sculpture—they all become part of it. A two-dimensional work, being confined to surfaces, doesn't have as much of a capacity.”

  4. Wadie Abu Nassar:

    The winner today is the people of Haifa, the removal of this sculpture is a reflection our desire to coexist in the city.

  5. Bernar Venet:

    Today we are installing, what everybody agrees to say, the biggest sculpture in the world, but I hope the artistic meaning of this arch will be more important than its size.

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