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bas-reliefn. [F. bas-relief; bas low + relief raised work, relever to raise: cf. It. bassorilievo.].
     Low relief; sculpture, the figures of which project less than half of their true proportions; -- called also bass-relief and basso-rilievo. See Alto-rilievo.  [1913 Webster]


bas-relief, n. sculpture or carving in which the figures project slightly from the background.

earlier basse relieve f. It. basso rilievo low relief: later altered to F form

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