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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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  • We have had a steel engraving of Faed's picture which is so well known, but I have never seen an Acadian in the flesh.

    The Heir to Grand Pr John Frederic Herbin
  • Now, I have a mental picture of John Doe that is as clear as a steel engraving.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • His steel engraving of "Lorenzo de' Medici and his Court" might be lost, his stone pug dog might go, but his concertina!

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

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • steel engraving made from a photograph compared with a photogravure.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • She sat down in one of the rigid chairs under the steel engraving.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • It was Martha Foote's theory that a hotel housekeeper, dressed for work, ought to be as inconspicuous as a steel engraving.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • But, as a general thing, these men all endeavoured to imitate the qualities of steel engraving or etching.

    Modern Illustration Joseph Pennell
  • The few chairs were drawn up against the wall under the steel engraving of "Lorenzo de' Medici" with more than usual precision.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • 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
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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