- 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 engraver
Bringing Watkins the engraver back makes a kind of sense, but why Mrs. Piggott as well?The Best of Brit Lit
January 31, 2010
He was known by most as Mr. Blake The Engraver, though by others as the crazy guy with visions.
William Blake, the eighteenth century poet, illustrator, engraver and mystic, worked from home but lived in his imagination.
Two only bear marks which are supposed to be those of the engraver.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
One of them had the appearance of an amateur, the other was an artist, an engraver.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The authoress was pleased, and the block was sent to the engraver.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
The engraver, however, cannot have done full justice to the originals.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Unfortunately the engraver, John Fougeron, was little more than an amateur.John Baptist Jackson
- 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
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Word Origin and History for engraver
1580s, agent noun from engrave.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper