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high relief

noun, Sculpture.
sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background.
Origin of high relief
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for high relief
  • At times, the film's realism throws the play's creaky symbolism into uncomfortably high relief.
  • It is an area of tablelands with moderate to high relief dissected by narrow and widely-spaced stream valleys.
  • Each panel of the frieze features a scene sculpted in high relief.
  • The area is characterized by highly eroded badlands areas surrounding two large mesas of high relief.
  • In this high relief area, the terrain supports a mosaic of unique ecological niches.
  • As a result the quilted design stands out in high relief against the background.
British Dictionary definitions for high relief

high relief

relief in which forms and figures stand out from the background to half or more than half of their natural depth Also called alto-relievo
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