etch

[ ech ]
/ ɛtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to practice the art of etching.

noun

Printing. an acid used for etching.

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 forms

etch·er, nounun·etched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for etcher

etch

/ (ɛtʃ) /

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 Forms

etcher, noun

Word Origin for etch

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