- 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
Examples from the Web for etcher
Historical Examples of etcher
All this work is varied according to the wishes of the etcher.The Building of a Book
Vitr is made for the etcher; endless and wondrous are the subjects for his needle.Brittany
Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
Levon West, the etcher, once attended Glen Ullin high school.North Dakota
A painter and a colorist, 52 in this book he displays his genius as an etcher.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)
He was an etcher too, and some of his plates are still preserved.
- (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.