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[skuhlpt] /skʌlpt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
Fine Arts. to carve, model, or make by using the techniques of sculpture.
to form, shape, or manipulate, as in the manner of sculpture:
Her hair was sculpted by a leading hairdresser.
Origin of sculpt
1860-65; < French sculpter < Latin sculpt- (past participle stem of sculpere to carve); or as back formation from sculptor
Related forms
resculpt, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sculpt
  • Where these things are lacking, people can sometimes sculpt their jobs to compensate.
  • Etchers scratch and sculpt fine detail on to the resin forms that will be used to create metal moulds for injection casting.
  • New stars are still being born, and they'll continue to sculpt the cluster's glowing form.
  • Scientists have long known that neuroplasticity allows individual events to sculpt the brain's form and function.
  • The dormant volcanoes on the far side of the moon offer an alternative way to sculpt the lunar surface.
  • In fact, many of the products still in the pipeline now are products that he helped sculpt.
  • It will certainly give musicians new ability to sculpt sound, such as prerecorded samples or loops, as if they were modeling clay.
  • It's quite an effort, with all the changing of cut depth to perfectly sculpt the results.
  • Be bored and see where it takes you, because the imagination's dusty wilderness is worth crossing if you want to sculpt your soul.
  • Scorching radiation and streams of charged particles from stars sculpt the pillar and cause stars to form within it.
British Dictionary definitions for sculpt


a variant of sculpture (sense 5), sculpture (sense 6), sculpture (sense 7), sculpture (sense 8)
(intransitive) to practise sculpture
Also called (formerly) sculp
Word Origin
C19: from French sculpter, from Latin sculpere to carve
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Word Origin and History for sculpt

1826 (implied in sculpted), from French sculpter, from Latin sculpt-, past participle stem of sculpere "to carve" (see sculpture). Related: Sculpting. The older verb form was sculpture (1640s), also sculp (1530s).

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