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engraving

[ en-grey-ving ]
/ ɛnˈgreɪ vɪŋ /
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noun

the act or art of a person who or thing that engraves.
the art of forming designs by cutting, corrosion by acids, a photographic process, etc., on the surface of a metal plate, block of wood, or the like, for or as for the purpose of taking off impressions or prints of the design so formed.
the design engraved.
an engraved plate or block.
an impression or print from this.

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Origin of engraving

First recorded in 1595–1605; engrave + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for engraving

engraving
/ (ɪnˈɡreɪvɪŋ) /

noun

the art of a person who engraves
a block, plate, or other surface that has been engraved
a print made from such a surface
Related adjective: glyptic
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Cultural definitions for engraving

engraving

An artistic print made from a metal plate on which an artist has cut a design with a graver or a small chisel. (Compare etching.)

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