• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bass-relief Same as Bas-relief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bass-relief bas′re-lēf′ (sculp.) figures which do not stand far out from the ground on which they are formed—also used in the Italian form Bass′o-rilie′vo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Base, low, and Relief.


In literature:

In the dim half-light he looked like a gliding bass-relief.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
For the bass-relief by Preston Powers, carved upon the huge boulder in Denver Park, Col., and representing the Last Indian and the Last Bison.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Among the sculptures are to be found bass reliefs of the ark of Isis.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
The tale of human sin and the promise of redemption are epitomized in twelve of the sixteen bass-reliefs.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
As they met they stopped face to face, like two figures on a bass relief, neither of them being disposed to yield to the other.
"The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni
We instinctively compare his work with that of Mino da Fiesole in bass-relief.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
Two of the groups of bass-reliefs upon it cost nearly thirty thousand dollars.
"Over the Ocean" by Curtis Guild