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  1. a technique of engraving, especially on copper, in which a sharp-pointed needle is used for producing furrows having a burr that is often retained in order to produce a print characterized by soft, velvety black lines.
  2. a print made by this technique.
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Origin of drypoint

First recorded in 1825–35; dry + point
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for drypoint

Historical Examples

  • In the first place, the etched lines must be distinguished from the drypoint lines applied at a later stage.

    Rembrandt's Etching Technique: An Example

    Peter Morse

  • The drypoint line, by its nature, is more abrupt and forceful, showing the quality of having been scratched rather than drawn.

  • There are two basic drypoint lines, depending upon the position in which the drypoint needle is held.

  • This enables a drypoint needle to move freely in any direction without encountering the resistance of a grain.

  • The rich fuzzy line produced by the burr is what we most typically associate with drypoint work.