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etching Explained

etching at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


etching at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] a picture made by printing from an etched metal plate//

etching at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Method of engraving in which lines or textures are bitten, or etched, into a metal plate, usually copper, with acid. The image produced has a spontaneity of line that comes from drawing on the plate in the same direct way as with pen or pencil on paper. The first etchings date from the early 16th cent., but the basic principle had been used earlier for the decoration of armor. Among the pioneers of the medium were A. Altdorfer, A. Dü rer, and Parmigianino; the greatest of all etchers was Rembrandt. In the 20th cent., etching has been especially popular for book illustration. See also aquatint, engraving.

etching at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "etching":
abstract art, aquatint, art, art form, artist, arts and crafts,
arts of design, autolithograph, block, block print, burr,
calligraphy, cave art, ceramics, cerography, chalcography,
chiseling, chromolithograph, color print, copperplate,
copperplate print, crayon engraving, cribbling, cross-hatching,
cut, decoration, demitint, design, designing, drypoint,
engravement, engraving, etch, fine arts, folk art, gem-engraving,
glass-cutting, glyptic, graphic arts, graphotype, graving,
half tint, hatching, impress, impression, imprint, incision,
inscript, inscription, intaglio, line, lining,
linoleum-block print, lithograph, marking, metal cut, mezzotint,
negative, photoengraving, photography, plastic art,
plate engraving, primitive art, print, pyrogravure, relief method,
rubber-block print, score, scoring, scratch, scratching, sculpture,
slash, slashing, steel engraving, stipple, stippling, the arts,
tint, tooling, type-cutting, vignette, wood engraving, woodblock,
woodburning, woodcut, woodprint, xylograph, zincography

etching at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Engraving): engraving, bur, etching, chiseling, xylography, lithography, holography.

etching at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[C, U] a picture that is printed from an etched piece of metal; the art of making these pictures:
The exhibition features a selection of his early etchings and drawings. * the delicate work of engraving and etching

etching at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[C, U] a picture that is printed from an etched piece of metal; the art of making these pictures:
The exhibition features a selection of his early etchings and drawings. * the delicate work of engraving and etching

Etching at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Etching \Etch"ing\, n.
1. The act, art, or practice of engraving by means of acid
which eats away lines or surfaces left unprotected in
metal, glass, or the like. See {Etch}, v. t.

2. A design carried out by means of the above process; a
pattern on metal, glass, etc., produced by etching.

3. An impression on paper, parchment, or other material,
taken in ink from an etched plate.

{Etching figures} (Min.), markings produced on the face of a
crystal by the action of an appropriate solvent. They have
usually a definite form, and are important as revealing
the molecular structure.

{Etching needle}, a sharp-pointed steel instrument with which
lines are drawn in the ground or varnish in etching.

{Etching stitch} (Needlework), a stitch used outline

Etch \Etch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Etched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Etching}.] [D. etsen, G. ["a]tzen to feed, corrode, etch.
MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen to eat, G. essen ??. See
1. To produce, as figures or designs, on mental, glass, or
the like, by means of lines or strokes eaten in or
corroded by means of some strong acid.

Note: The plate is first covered with varnish, or some other
ground capable of resisting the acid, and this is then
scored or scratched with a needle, or similar
instrument, so as to form the drawing; the plate is
then covered with acid, which corrodes the metal in the
lines thus laid bare.

2. To subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as
a plate of metal.

I was etching a plate at the beginning of 1875.

3. To sketch; to delineate. [R.]

There are many empty terms to be found in some
learned writes, to which they had recourse to etch
out their system. --Locke.

etching at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: an impression made from an etched plate
2: an etched plate made with the use of acid
3: making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from
them [syn: {engraving}]

etching at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: IPA » /ˈetʃ.ɪŋ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"etS.IN/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛtʃɪŋ


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: uncountabl » e The art of producing an image from a metal plate into which an image or text has been etched with acid.
    1. Inter: countabl » e The image created by this process.
    2. Inter: quote-book » year=1907|author=Category: w - :Robert W. Chambers|Robert Chambers

    |title=The Younger Set
    |passage=“ My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “ incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat : “ I prefer a farandole to a nocturne ; I'd rather have a painting than an etching ; … ”

    Derived terms

    * etching scribe


    Inter: trans-top » art of producing an image
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|gravat|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ets|m|f
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|gravure|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|trawienie|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » image created by this process
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|gravat|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m


  • Inter: present participle of » etch

  • Translation: ar » etching
    Translation: de » etching
    Translation: et » etching
    Translation: fr » etching
    Translation: ko » etching
    Translation: io » etching
    Translation: mg » etching
    Translation: my » etching
    Translation: pl » etching
    Translation: fi » etching
    Translation: sv » etching
    Translation: ta » etching
    Translation: vi » etching
    Translation: zh » etching