- etched in stone,
- etching ground,
Origin of etching
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of etch
Examples from the Web for etching
He had customized his new gun by etching in the words “better off this way” and “my ELF weapon.”Inside the Washington Navy Yard’s Building 197 During Alexis’s Rampage|Michael Daly|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Celluloid is to Dean what oil paint is to Titian or etching to Whistler.Tacita Dean: One of Today’s 10 Most Important Artists|Blake Gopnik|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The Pablo Picasso etching had stalled at a bid of $5,400, barely above its low estimate.
That day, I walked by the Vietnam Memorial and people were etching names on to front pages of newspapers.
Again, "Disturbing the Congregation" is an etching subject, elaborated.The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. II. (of II)|Blanchard Jerrold
This is the process of etching with which Rembrandt did his matchless work.The Book of Art for Young People|Agnes Conway
Not every printer can print an etching as it ought to be printed.A Treatise on Etching|Maxime Lalanne
Now I needed only practice in order to carry out my project of etching my literary productions in copper.The Invention of Lithography|Alois Senefelder
Above a washstand hung a Swiss etching of the Matterhorn, a sketchy rendering.When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
Word Origin for etch
1630s, action of the verb etch, also "the art of engraving;" 1760s as "a print, etc., made from an etched plate."
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.
An artistic print made from a plate on which the artist has etched a design with acid. (Compare engraving.)