To stand as still as a statue is to stand absolutely still, a statue being a sculpture, after all. A statue is a specific kind of sculpture, one that clearly represents a person, an animal, or other living creature.

There's no question that the first thing most people think of when they hear the word statue is the Statue of Liberty. The woman's name is Liberty and there she is, a statue. Any sculpture that represents a person (Liberty, George Washington, Gandhi, or the Mad Hatter) is called a statue. In New York's Central Park, there is a much beloved statue of a dog named Balto, a heroic husky from Alaska.

Definitions of statue
  1. noun
    a sculpture representing a human or animal
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    Colossus of Rhodes
    a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake
    Statue of Liberty
    a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay
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    a statue consisting of a squared stone pillar with a carved head (usually a bearded Hermes) on top; used in ancient Greece as a boundary marker or signpost
    nude, nude sculpture, nude statue
    a statue of a naked human figure
    Olympian Zeus
    a seated statue of the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology created for the temple at Olympia; the statue was 40 feet tall and rested on a base that was 12 feet high
    one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians
    term, terminal figure, terminus
    (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome
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    a three-dimensional work of plastic art
Commonly confused words

statue / statute

Look under the pigeons and you might find a bronze statue in a park, but there’s probably a statute, or law, about how big it can be.

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