bas-relief

[bah-ri-leef, bas-; bah-ri-leef, bas-]
noun
relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
Also called low relief.


Origin:
1660–70; < French, on the model of Italian bassorilievo. Cf. basso-relievo, base2, relief

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bas-relief (ˌbɑːrɪˈliːf, ˌbæs-, ˈbɑːrɪˌliːf, ˈbæs-)
 
n
Also called (Italian): basso rilievo sculpture in low relief, in which the forms project slightly from the background but no part is completely detached from it
 
[C17: from French, from Italian basso rilievo low relief; see base², relief]

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bas-relief
1660s, from Fr. bas-relief, a loan-translation of It. basso-rilievo "low relief, raised work."
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bas-relief [(bah ruh-leef)]

A kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a few inches from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. The term is French for “low relief.”

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Example sentences
The team name is in bas-relief and is back-lit in neon tubing.
Many of the eighteenth century tombstones are marked with bas-relief carvings
  illustrating the lives of the deceased.
The memorials occupy niches on each side of the lobby and combine a bronze
  bas-relief portrait with a quotation.
Embedded in the wall inside the old building is a peculiar bas-relief, a little
  sculpture more than a foot square.
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