engrave

[en-greyv]
verb (used with object), en·graved, en·grav·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to print from such a surface.
  3. to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.: He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
  4. to impress deeply; infix: That image is engraved on my mind.

Origin of engrave

1500–10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3
Related formsen·grav·a·ble, adjectiveen·grav·er, nounre·en·grave, verb (used with object), re·en·graved, re·en·grav·ing.su·per·en·grave, verb (used with object), su·per·en·graved, su·per·en·grav·ing.un·der·en·grav·er, nounun·en·graved, adjectivewell-en·graved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for engraven

Historical Examples of engraven

  • Sarah was married to the very silversmith who had engraven our names on the thimble!

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It is the name I think of you by, the name that is engraven on my heart!

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • This is so engraven on our nature that it may be regarded as an appetite.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • On this ring, inside the circlet, were engraven my name and rank!

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • On his tomb was engraven an inscription, conceived in a similar spirit.


British Dictionary definitions for engraven

engrave

verb (tr)
  1. to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
  2. to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
  3. to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
Derived Formsengraver, noun

Word Origin for engrave

C16: from en- 1 + grave ³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engraven

engrave

v.

late 15c. (implied in ingraved), from en- (1) + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.

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