sculpt

To sculpt is to shape or carve a figure out of a moldable or hard material. You could sculpt a figure of your mom's cat or you could sculpt your biceps by lifting weights.

Artists who sculpt are called sculptors, and the work of art they make is called a sculpture. You can sculpt out of wood or stone, by carving, or sculpt clay by molding and shaping. You can sculpt metal by heating it and pouring it into molds, or by welding pieces of it together. It's even possible to sculpt with balloons, twisting them into complicated structures or figures.

Definitions of sculpt
  1. verb
    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
    sculpt a swan out of a block of ice”
    synonyms: sculpture
    grave, sculpture
    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
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    type of:
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  2. verb
    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
    “She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband”
    synonyms: grave, sculpture
    sculpture
    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
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    type of:
    carve
    form by carving
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