from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See relief.
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- 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
The cedar-wood was beautifully embellished with figures in relievo, representing clusters of foliage, open flowers, cherubims, and palm trees.
The relievo was his favourite performance, and very justly so.
Perhaps the artist has bee brought in to polychrome a plaster relievo for an architectural decoration, and it is some third party sculptors studio.
All the canals have bridges at stated distances; these bridges are bordered with balustrades of white marble sculptured in basso-relievo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.