- 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 engrave
To engrave is, in final strictness, "to decorate a surface with furrows."Ariadne Florentina
See if you can engrave or carve an ornament on some weapon you have made.
Find soft wood or stone and see if you can engrave some animal on it.
I had them to repair, polish and engrave, and now they are gone from my boat.The Eight-Oared Victors
Bartsch, Adam, of opinion that Albert Durer did not engrave on wood, 237.A Treatise on Wood Engraving
- 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
Word Origin and History for engrave
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