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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 sculpted
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  • Do tell me about something else you made, which you loved—something you sculpted.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • At the cathedral doors of Verona, Roland and Oliver were sculpted.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • She was dressed in very severe perfect black, marvellous lines, waiting to be sculpted.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • Walls were stucco, a form of cement that could be sculpted, or paneled or hung with silk and printed paper.

British Dictionary definitions for sculpted


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 sculpted



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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