Meaning of “bas-relief” in the English Dictionary

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"bas-relief" in British English

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bas-reliefnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌbæs.rɪˈliːf/ us /ˌbæs.rɪˈliːf/

Examples from literature

  • In bas-relief, the background was left untouched and only the figures were coloured. 
  • Note bas-reliefs over doorway, and tablet with figured eagle below parapet. 
  • The frieze and pediment were red and decorated with white bas-reliefs. 
  • The lower part is panelled, each panel having two heads carved in bas-relief. 
  • The walls were faced with bas-reliefs representing scenes in his life done in massive silver. 

(Definition of “bas-relief” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)