Definition of sculpt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sculpt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skʌlpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skʌlpt//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sculpt
    BrE BrE//skʌlpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skʌlpt//
     
    he / she / it sculpts
    BrE BrE//skʌlpts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skʌlpts//
     
    past simple sculpted
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌlptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌlptɪd//
     
    past participle sculpted
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌlptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌlptɪd//
     
    -ing form sculpting
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌlptɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌlptɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1to make figures or objects by carving or shaping wood, stone, clay, metal, etc. sculpt something (in something) a display of animals sculpted in ice sculpt something (from/out of something) The figures were sculpted from single blocks of marble. CollocationsFine artsCreating art make a work of art/​a drawing/​a sketch/​a sculpture/​a statue/​engravings/​etchings/​prints do an oil painting/​a self-portrait/​a line drawing/​a rough sketch create a work of art/​an artwork/​paintings and sculptures produce paintings/​portraits/​oil sketches/​his most celebrated work/​a series of prints paint a picture/​landscape/​portrait/​mural/​in oils/​in watercolours/(especially US English) in watercolors/​on canvas draw a picture/​a portrait/​a cartoon/​a sketch/​a line/​a figure/​the human form/​in charcoal/​in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/​a figure/​a shape carve a figure/​an image/​a sculpture/​an altarpiece/​reliefs/​a block of wood sculpt a portrait bust/​a statue/​an abstract figure etch a line/​a pattern/​a design/​a name into the glass mix colours/(especially US English) colors/​pigments/​paints add/​apply thin/​thick layers of paint/​colour/(especially US English) color/​pigment use oil pastels/​charcoal/​acrylic paint/​a can of spray paint work in bronze/​ceramics/​stone/​oils/​pastels/​watercolour/​a wide variety of mediaDescribing art paint/​depict a female figure/​a biblical scene/​a pastoral landscape/​a domestic interior depict/​illustrate a traditional/​mythological/​historical/​religious theme create an abstract composition/​a richly textured surface/​a distorted perspective paint dark/​rich/​skin/​flesh tones use broad brush strokes/​loose brushwork/​vibrant colours/​a limited palette/​simple geometric forms develop/​adopt/​paint in a stylized manner/​an abstract styleShowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/​a bronze bust of somebody/​a portrait/​a religious work/​an artist to paint something frame a painting/​portrait hang art/​a picture/​a painting display/​exhibit modern art/​somebody’s work/​a collection/​original artwork/​drawings/​sculptures/​a piece be displayed/​hung in a gallery/​museum install/​place a sculpture in/​at/​on something erect/​unveil a bronze/​marble/​life-size statue hold/​host/​mount/​open/​curate/​see an exhibition (especially British English)/(usually North American English) an exhibit be/​go on (British English) exhibition/(North American English) exhibit feature/​promote/​showcase a conceptual artist/​contemporary works collect African art/​modern British paintings/​Japanese prints restore/​preserve a fresco/​great works of art See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  2. 2sculpt something to give something a particular shape a coastline sculpted by the wind and sea
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French sculpter, from sculpteur ‘sculptor’; later regarded as a back-formation from sculptor or sculpture.
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