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steel engraving

noun, Printing.
a method of incising letters, designs, etc., on steel.
the imprint, as on paper, from a plate of engraved steel.
Origin of steel engraving
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now, I have a mental picture of John Doe that is as clear as a steel engraving.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Just published, foolscap 8vo., cloth with steel engraving, price 4s.

  • Schiaparelli compared them in sharpness to lines of a steel engraving.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • On one wall, by way of ornament, was a steel engraving of Daniel Webster.

    The Broken Gate Emerson Hough
  • She sat down in one of the rigid chairs under the steel engraving.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • That steel engraving I bought in Sacramento one day when it was raining.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • After a steel engraving in the Governor's office, Springfield, Illinois.

  • But, as a general thing, these men all endeavoured to imitate the qualities of steel engraving or etching.

    Modern Illustration Joseph Pennell
  • The wall to the right was adorned with a steel engraving of a thoroughbred bull pup.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • From a steel engraving framed in rosewood that hangs in my Uncle Wilkinson's parlour.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for steel engraving

steel engraving

  1. a method or art of engraving (letters, etc) on a steel plate
  2. a print made from such a plate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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