Definition of sculpt in English:


(also sculp)


[with object]
  • Create or represent (something) by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques.

    ‘sculpting human figures from ivory’
    no object ‘she was teaching him how to sculpt’
    • ‘Two grand staircases frame the 50m long ramp, sumptuously sculpted with coiled dragons, marking the imperial emblem.’
    • ‘‘Painting my landscapes and sculpting my figures makes me feel I just might have found heaven on earth,’ she said.’
    • ‘Made of cast metal and sculpted stainless steel, the line features a collection of portables including espresso machines, waffle makers, coffee mills and more.’
    • ‘From 1867 to 1890 he was an army veterinary surgeon, painting and sculpting in his spare time.’
    • ‘I fell in love with the animals here, bought clay and started sculpting.’
    • ‘Boldly sculpted steel escape stairs jut from the facade and a low wall encloses a play area for the daycare centre.’
    • ‘On the top floor, the dragon is in the air, with writhing translucent light-filled ceilings and walls curvaceously sculpted to make benches, cupboards and seats.’
    • ‘One set of gardens concerns landforms made from sand, gravel, topsoil and turf sculpted into sharply edged curves.’
    • ‘I myself have been sculpting in wood for many years.’
    • ‘When she decided to return to the figure, she thought she would try sculpting rather than painting.’
    • ‘I've gone back to the figure, which I missed, but this time I'm sculpting it, and I like it much better than when I painted it.’
    • ‘The man-made landscape is penetrated by a series of long, horizontal pergolas made of fragments of brick, concrete, and rusted steel artfully cut and sculpted to evoke the jagged forms of urban graffiti.’
    • ‘Today, modern architects are rediscovering the joy of sculpting unusual geometries.’
    • ‘Now, the reconstructed temple looks as though it has been sculpted out of cheese processed in Hollywood.’
    • ‘Copper wind chimes hang from a sculpted metal arch along the path.’
    • ‘The handcrafted candy box frames a scene of a boy sculpting the foil wrappers of rationed chocolates into goblets.’
    • ‘Sculptor Mark Patrick has been a biker all his life and began sculpting motorcycles in bronze and resin 15 years ago.’
    • ‘It's one of the reasons I like sculpting the stone - it feels as though you're meeting someone with a very strong personality.’
    • ‘Williamson has received multiple awards for sculpting since 1990.’
    • ‘Support is provided at the bottom by a horizontal transfer beam resting on sculpted concrete columns and at the top by steel members tied back to the main concrete frame.’
    carve, model, chisel, sculpture, fashion, form, shape, cast, cut, hew
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Mid 19th century: from French sculpter, from sculpteur ‘sculptor’; later regarded as a back-formation from sculptor or sculpture.