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.

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

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

  2. Sculpturenoun

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

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

  3. Sculptureverb

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

    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. The President:

    Above us, over that door leading into the Rotunda is a sculpture depicting Clio, the Muse of History. In her hands, (there is) an open book in which she records the events taking place in this chamber below, clio stood watch over this hall one year ago today, as she has for more than 200 years.She recorded what took place. The real history. The real facts. The real truth.

  2. National Museum of Antiquities:

    The piece of sculpture is pretty damaged, that is why it was decided to supplement the disappeared parts, such as nose and chin, on the basis of second portraiti of Julius Caesar : the so-called Tusculum bust.

  3. 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.

  4. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Moonlight is sculpture.

  5. Pablo Picasso:

    Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.

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