from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or practice of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, as by chiseling marble, modeling clay, or casting in metal.
- n. A work of art created by sculpture.
- n. Such works of art considered as a group.
- n. Ridges, indentations, or other markings, as on a shell, formed by natural processes.
- transitive v. To fashion (stone, bronze, or wood, for example) into a three-dimensional figure.
- transitive v. To represent in sculpture.
- transitive v. To ornament with sculpture.
- transitive v. To change the shape or contour of, as by erosion.
- intransitive v. To make sculptures or a sculpture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, professionally performed by a sculptor
- n. A work of art created by sculpting.
- n. Works of art created by sculpting, as a group.
- v. To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.
- v. To represent something in sculpture.
- v. To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc.
- transitive v. To form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or art of graving or carving; the art of shaping figures or other objects in the round or in relief out of or upon stone or other more or less hard substances.
- n. Carved work; any work of sculpture, as a figure or an inscription cut in wood, stone, metal, or other solid substance.
- n. An engraving; an illustration.
- n. In zoöl., markings resulting from irregularity of surface or difference in texture of a part; tracery: as, the sculpture of an insect's wing-covers; the sculpture of the plates or shields of a fish; the sculpture of a turtle's shell.
- n. See the qualifying words.
- To represent in sculpture; carve; grave; form with the chisel or other tool on or in wood, stone, or metal.
- To ornament or cover with sculpture or carved work; carve.
- n. In physical geography, the change of land-forms by natural erosive processes.
- In physical geography, to change the forms of (the land) by natural erosive processes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. creating figures or designs in three dimensions
- v. create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
- n. a three-dimensional work of plastic art
- v. shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
Middle English, from Latin sculptūra, from sculptus, past participle of sculpere, to carve; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sculptura ("sculpture"), from sculpere ("to cut out, carve in stone"). (Wiktionary)