etch

[ech]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to practice the art of etching.

noun

Printing. an acid used for etching.

Nearby words

  1. etaoin shrdlu,
  2. etatism,
  3. etc.,
  4. etcetera,
  5. etceteras,
  6. etchant,
  7. etched in stone,
  8. etching,
  9. etching ground,
  10. etd

Origin of etch

1625–35; < Dutch etsen < German ätzen to etch, orig. cause to eat; cognate with Old English ettan to graze; akin to eat

Related formsetch·er, nounun·etched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for etch

etch

verb

(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
Derived Formsetcher, noun

Word Origin for etch

C17: from Dutch etsen, from Old High German azzen to feed, bite

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Word Origin and History for etch

etch

v.

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.

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