- to cut, bite, or corrode with an acid or the like; engrave with an acid or the like, as to form a design in furrows that when charged with ink will give an impression on paper.
- to produce (a design, image, etc.) by this method, as on copper or glass.
- to outline clearly or sharply; delineate, as a person's features or character.
- to fix permanently in or implant firmly on the mind; root in the memory: Our last conversation is etched in my memory.
- Geology. to cut (a feature) into the surface of the earth by means of erosion: A deep canyon was etched into the land by the river's rushing waters.
- to practice the art of etching.
- Printing. an acid used for etching.
Origin of etch
Related Words for etchportray, depict, ingrain, stamp, inscribe, imprint, engrave, incise, delineate, represent, execute, cut, erode, outline, picture, impress, describe, reduce, corrode, compose
Examples from the Web for etch
Contemporary Examples of etch
I wish I could rub out my life,” she laments in the opening chapter, “twiddling knobs as on an Etch A Sketch, and start again.Feminist Flagellant: Liz Jones’s Surprising Brand of Tell-All
July 22, 2013
On cable, you shake an Etch a Sketch every time you go on air.Why Hagel Matters
January 7, 2013
But once he broke out the big Etch A Sketch in his first debate against President Obama, Mitt started soaring in the polls.Moderate Mitt’s Rise and Conservatives’ Cognitive Dissonance
October 16, 2012
But Lamont calls him “an Etch a Sketch candidate” and says he had “not a prayer” of winning reelection.Joe Lieberman’s Slow-Motion Divorce From the Democratic Party
July 18, 2012
He could not control the pattern of lines beginning to etch themselves into the skin of that young face.Walker Evans’ Famous Picture of an Alabama Tenant Farmer’s Wife Is Celebrated and Explained
July 11, 2012
Historical Examples of etch
Etch and prepare the clean stone with phosphoric acid and gum.
Nothing was needed now except to etch the design in the upper cylinder.
The terms were, that Turner was to etch and Lewis to aquatint at five guineas a plate.Turner
William Cosmo Monkhouse
Then, I love to etch, particularly on noses, and that was a good big one.Daisy
Miranda Eliot Swan
The charcoal will leave the surface in a fit state to etch upon.A Treatise on Etching
- (tr) to wear away the surface of (a metal, glass, etc) by chemical action, esp the action of an acid
- to cut or corrode (a design, decoration, etc) on (a metal or other plate to be used for printing) by using the action of acid on parts not covered by wax or other acid-resistant coating
- (tr) to cut with or as if with a sharp implementhe etched his name on the table
- (tr; usually passive) to imprint vividlythe event was etched on her memory
Word Origin for etch
1630s, "to engrave by eating away the surface of with acids," from Dutch etsen, from German ätzen "to etch," from Old High German azzon "cause to bite, feed," from Proto-Germanic *atjanan, causative of *etanan "eat" (see eat). Related: Etched; etching.