from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See relief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. relief (surface carving)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See relief, n., 5.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See rilievo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background


Italian rilievo; see bas-relief.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian rilievo (Wiktionary)


  • The cedar-wood was beautifully embellished with figures in relievo, representing clusters of foliage, open flowers, cherubims, and palm trees.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The relievo was his favourite performance, and very justly so.

    In the South Seas

  • Perhaps the artist has bee brought in to polychrome a plaster relievo for an architectural decoration, and it is some third party sculptors studio.

    Easel on Rails

  • All the canals have bridges at stated distances; these bridges are bordered with balustrades of white marble sculptured in basso-relievo.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • There was a time when the two sexes were only one, but now God has halved them, — much as the Lacedaemonians have cut up the Arcadians, — and if they do not behave themselves he will divide them again, and they will hop about with half a nose and face in basso relievo.

    The Symposium

  • Baronet, kneeling in a square beard opposite his wife in a ruff: a very fat lady, the Dame Rebecca Clavering, in alto-relievo, is borne up to Heaven by two little blue-veined angels, who seem to have a severe task — and so forth.

    The History of Pendennis

  • And if we are not obedient to the gods, there is a danger that we shall be split up again and go about in basso-relievo, like the profile figures having only half a nose which are sculptured on monuments, and that we shall be like tallies.

    thispain Diary Entry

  • The old shabby church showed, as usual, its quaint extent of roofage and the relievo skeleton on one gable, still blackened with the fire of thirty years ago.

    Lay Morals

  • The snow reprints it, as it were, in clear white type alto-relievo.


  • It consisted of two orders, or stories, the first of which was a square of hewn stone: the second was a circular tower, having a cornice, adorned with ox heads in basso relievo, a circumstance from which it takes the name of Capo di Bove.

    Travels through France and Italy

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