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From Middle English sculpture, from Old French sculpture, from Latin sculptūra (sculpture), from sculpō (to cut out, to carve in stone).

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sculpture (usually uncountable, plural sculptures)

 
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  1. (countable) A three dimensional work of art created by shaping malleable objects and letting them harden or by chipping away pieces from a rock (sculpting).
    • 1697, Virgil, “The Sixth Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC:
      There, too, in living sculpture, might be seen / The mad affection of the Cretan queen.
  2. Works of art created by sculpting, as a group.
  3. (zoology) The three-dimensional ornamentation on the outer surface of a shell.
  4. (archaic) A printed picture, such as an engraving.
    • 1690, “Preface to the Reader”, in A Full and True Relation of the Great and Wonderful Revolution That Hapned Lately in the Kingdom of Siam in the East-Indies, London: Randal Taylor, page i:
      Both are Tranſlated into Engliſh, Illuſtrated with Sculptures, and Printed about two Years ago.

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Verb

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sculpture (third-person singular simple present sculptures, present participle sculpturing, simple past and past participle sculptured)

  1. To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.
  2. To represent something in sculpture.
  3. To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.

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sculpture f (plural sculptures)

  1. sculpture

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Participle

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sculptūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of sculptūrus