sculpture Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a three-dimensional work of plastic art
  2. noun creating figures or designs in three dimensions
  3. verb create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
    • sculpt a swan out of a block of ice
  4. verb shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
    grave; sculpt.
    • She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband


Sculp"ture noun
L. sculptura: cf. F. sculpture.
  1. The art of carving, cutting, or hewing wood, stone, metal, etc., into statues, ornaments, etc., or into figures, as of men, or other things; hence, the art of producing figures and groups, whether in plastic or hard materials.
  2. Carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc.
    There, too, in living sculpture, might be seen The mad affection of the Cretan queen. Dryden.
Sculp"ture transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Sculptured ; present participle & verbal noun Sculpturing
  1. To form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave.

Webster 1913