the art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio, or in the round.
such works of art collectively.
an individual piece of such work.
verb (used with object), sculptured, sculpturing.
to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).
to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.
Physical Geography. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.
verb (used without object), sculptured, sculpturing.
to work as a sculptor.

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin sculptūra, equivalent to sculpt(us) (past participle of sculpere to carve) + -ūra -ure

sculptural, adjective
sculpturally, adverb
nonsculptural, adjective
nonsculpturally, adverb
resculpture, verb (used with object), resculptured, resculpturing.
unsculptural, adjective

sculptor, sculpture. Unabridged
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sculpture (ˈskʌlptʃə)
1.  the art of making figures or designs in relief or the round by carving wood, moulding plaster, etc, or casting metals, etc
2.  works or a work made in this way
3.  ridges or indentations as on a shell, formed by natural processes
4.  the gradual formation of the landscape by erosion
5.  (also intr) to carve, cast, or fashion (stone, bronze, etc) three dimensionally
6.  to portray (a person, etc) by means of sculpture
7.  to form in the manner of sculpture, esp to shape (landscape) by erosion
8.  to decorate with sculpture
[C14: from Latin sculptūra a carving; see sculpt]

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Word Origin & History

1390, from L. sculptura "sculpture," from pp. stem of sculpere "to carve, engrave," back-formation from compounds such as exculpere, from scalpere "to carve, cut," from PIE base *(s)kel- "to cut, cleave." Sculptor is first recorded 1634, from L. sculptor, from sculpere.
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Example sentences for sculptural
Many publications have covered his architectural legacy and sculptural work.
The lawns contain many sculptural pieces in bronze, terra cotta, marble and stone.
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