Definition of bas-relief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bas-relief

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbæs rɪˈliːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbæs rɪˈliːf//
 
[uncountable, countable](specialist) Architectural features, Artwork and techniques
 
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a form of sculpture in which the shapes are cut so that they are slightly raised from the background; a sculpture made in this way See related entries: Architectural features, Artwork and techniques Word Origin early 17th cent. (as basse relieve): from Italian basso-rilievo ‘low relief’, later altered to the French form.
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