See also: basrelief and bas relief

EnglishEdit

 
Scene in bas-relief from the Assyrian Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal.

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EtymologyEdit

From French bas relief, from Italian bassorilievo, compound of basso (low) + rilievo (relief), from Latin relevare (to raise up, make light).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbæs.ɹɪˌliːf/, /ˈbɑː.ɹɪˌliːf/, /ˈbɑs.ɹɪˌliːf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌbɑ.ɹɪˈlif/, /ˌbæs.ɹɪˈlif/, /ˈbɑ.ɹɪˌlif/, /ˈbæs.ɹɪˌlif/

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bas-relief (countable and uncountable, plural bas-reliefs)

  1. (sculpture) A low or mostly-flat sculpture which is carved into a wall, or is in the form of a tile mounted flat to a wall, rather than a fully three-dimensional, free-standing figure.

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bas-relief (not comparable)

  1. Refers to any aspect of sculpture which is flat or in the bas relief style.

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EtymologyEdit

Calque of Italian bassorilievo

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bas-relief m (plural bas-reliefs)

  1. bas-relief