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engraving

[en-grey-ving]
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noun
  1. the act or art of a person who or thing that engraves.
  2. the art of forming designs by cutting, corrosion by acids, a photographic process, etc., on the surface of a metal plate, block of wood, or the like, for or as for the purpose of taking off impressions or prints of the design so formed.
  3. the design engraved.
  4. an engraved plate or block.
  5. an impression or print from this.
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Origin of engraving

First recorded in 1595–1605; engrave + -ing1

engrave

[en-greyv]
verb (used with object), en·graved, en·grav·ing.
  1. to chase (letters, designs, etc.) on a hard surface, as of metal, stone, or the end grain of wood: She had the jeweler engrave her name on the back of the watch.
  2. to print from such a surface.
  3. to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.: He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
  4. to impress deeply; infix: That image is engraved on my mind.
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Origin of engrave

1500–10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3
Related formsen·grav·a·ble, adjectiveen·grav·er, nounre·en·grave, verb (used with object), re·en·graved, re·en·grav·ing.su·per·en·grave, verb (used with object), su·per·en·graved, su·per·en·grav·ing.un·der·en·grav·er, nounun·en·graved, adjectivewell-en·graved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for engraving

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Historical Examples

  • Some lines of his on the lyre became the motto of an engraving by Bartolozzi.

  • So he turned to Antoine, who had remained seated in front of a block he was engraving.

  • I have stopped the mouths of all the painters who used to say that I was good at engraving but, as to painting.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • He was induced to commence the engraving by the following circumstance.

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    Samuel Smiles

  • No conception can be formed of this picture from the engraving.


British Dictionary definitions for engraving

engraving

noun
  1. the art of a person who engraves
  2. a block, plate, or other surface that has been engraved
  3. a print made from such a surface
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Related formsRelated adjective: glyptic

engrave

verb (tr)
  1. to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
  2. to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
  3. to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
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Derived Formsengraver, noun

Word Origin

C16: from en- 1 + grave ³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engraving

engrave

v.

late 15c. (implied in ingraved), from en- (1) + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

engraving in Culture

engraving

An artistic print made from a metal plate on which an artist has cut a design with a graver or a small chisel. (Compare etching.)

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