- 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 Wordsportray, depict, ingrain, stamp, inscribe, imprint, engrave, incise, delineate, represent, execute, cut, erode, outline, picture, impress, describe, reduce, corrode, compose
Examples from the Web for etched
He remained motionless in the next shot but the fear of what was to follow was etched on his face.ISIS Beheads British Aid Worker Alan Henning
October 3, 2014
The images from her memorial service and the faces of the grief stricken soldiers she served with are etched into my memory.The Names You Don’t Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan
May 26, 2014
That date is etched onto a flask he gave me to store last minute, to be given back in the states once we were home.Memorial Days After Mourning Has Passed
May 25, 2014
The physical Hookie is an etched glass paperweight in the shape of a brilliant-cut diamond.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
Kenney's work was gentle by Lampoon standards, etched with nostalgia and scenes of mock domestic bliss.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
All this flashed into his sight, etched against the sable night as if in flame.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
But up here we were above it, etched by the starlight and Earthglow.
I had etched a very little myself and was free of the fraternity.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
He drew designs for engravers, and etched a Judgment of Midas.Art in England
And the picture of it was etched on his mind as clearly as memory could paint it.Storm Over Warlock
- (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 and History for etched
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.