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sculptured

[skuhlp-cherd] /ˈskʌlp tʃərd/
adjective
1.
having a surface or shape molded, marked, carved, indented, etc., by or as if by sculpture:
sculptured leather belts.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; sculpture + -ed2
Related forms
nonsculptured, adjective
unsculptured, adjective

sculpture

[skuhlp-cher] /ˈskʌlp tʃər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
such works of art collectively.
3.
an individual piece of such work.
verb (used with object), sculptured, sculpturing.
4.
to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).
5.
to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.
6.
Physical Geography. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.
verb (used without object), sculptured, sculpturing.
7.
to work as a sculptor.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin sculptūra, equivalent to sculpt(us) (past participle of sculpere to carve) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
sculptural, adjective
sculpturally, adverb
nonsculptural, adjective
nonsculpturally, adverb
resculpture, verb (used with object), resculptured, resculpturing.
unsculptural, adjective
Can be confused
sculptor, sculpture.
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  • sculptured iron splinters form a motif of barbed-wire thorns at the entranceway.
  • But he always sculptured and painted, and then friends started asking him to make furniture.
  • The trees were polyurethane cores surrounded by sculptured plaster.
  • It is built of rose-colored sandstone with white trim bearing sculptured details of wartime equipment.
  • But this broad rock-hewn trough with roughly parallel sides, is boldly sculptured and ornamented with silvery cataracts.
  • On the hillside overlooking the cemetery is the chapel with its wealth of decorative mosaic and large sculptured figures.
  • The surface of the shell is sculptured with rather course lines.
  • Large and diverse outdoor display of sculptured art.
  • Whelks have a sculptured spiral shell that coils either to the right- or left-hand side and then tapers to a point at one end.
  • Their surface of the shell is sculptured with rather course lines.
British Dictionary definitions for sculptured

sculpture

/ˈskʌlptʃə/
noun
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
verb (mainly transitive)
5.
(also intransitive) 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
Also (for senses 5–8) sculpt
Derived Forms
sculptural, adjective
sculpturally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sculptūra a carving; see sculpt
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Word Origin and History for sculptured

sculpture

n.

late 14c., from Latin sculptura "sculpture," from past participle stem of sculpere "to carve, engrave," back-formation from compounds such as exculpere, from scalpere "to carve, cut," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).

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