- the act or art of a person who or thing that engraves.
- 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.
- the design engraved.
- an engraved plate or block.
- an impression or print from this.
Origin of engraving
- 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.
- to print from such a surface.
- to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.: He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
- to impress deeply; infix: That image is engraved on my mind.
Origin of engrave
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Examples from the Web for engraving
However, the poet faithfully defended his livelihood, insisting that engraving was a true art.
He famously said, “Painting is drawing on canvas and engraving is drawing on copper and nothing else.”
But engraving is a painstaking and laborious art that requires patience, precision and lack of whim.
Some lines of his on the lyre became the motto of an engraving by Bartolozzi.Heroes of the Telegraph
So he turned to Antoine, who had remained seated in front of a block he was engraving.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
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.Self-Help
No conception can be formed of this picture from the engraving.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- the art of a person who engraves
- a block, plate, or other surface that has been engraved
- a print made from such a surface
- to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
- to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
- to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
C16: from en- 1 + grave ³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engraving
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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