verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- etaoin shrdlu,
- etched in stone,
- etching ground,
Origin of etch
Examples from the Web for 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|Emma Garman|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On cable, you shake an Etch a Sketch every time you go on air.
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|John Avlon|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Howard Kurtz|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Malcolm Jones|July 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Etch all shades of the color pretty deeply in any of the stippled or aquatint styles.
Make the necessary erasures with water of Ayr stone and etch with fairly strong nitric acid.Practical Lithography|Alfred Seymour
Etch only enough to eat away the uppermost parts of the prepared surface that have not been permeated with fat.
Then, I love to etch, particularly on noses, and that was a good big one.Daisy|Miranda Eliot Swan
But you cannot etch a girl—nor, unless in his old age, or with very partial rendering of him, a gentleman.On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Ruskin
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.