1. having a surface or shape molded, marked, carved, indented, etc., by or as if by sculpture: sculptured leather belts.


  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), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.

  1. to carve, model, weld, or otherwise produce (a piece of sculpture).
  2. to produce a portrait or image of in this way; represent in sculpture.
  3. Physical Geography. to change the form of (the land surface) by erosion.

verb (used without object), sculp·tured, sculp·tur·ing.

  1. to work as a sculptor.


  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 tr)

  1. (also intr) to carve, cast, or fashion (stone, bronze, etc) three dimensionally
  2. to portray (a person, etc) by means of sculpture
  3. to form in the manner of sculpture, esp to shape (landscape) by erosion
  4. to decorate with 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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