- the act or process of making designs or pictures on a metal plate, glass, etc., by the corrosive action of an acid instead of by a burin.
- an impression, as on paper, taken from an etched plate.
- the design so produced.
- a metal plate bearing such a design.
Origin of etching
Related Wordsengraving, inscription, reproduction, impression, imprint, print, transferring, mezzotint, photoengraving, rotogravure, photogravure
Examples from the Web for etchings
His industry may be inferred from the number of his engravings and etchings, of which he left not fewer than 1600.Self-Help
There are three kinds of prints, engravings, etchings, and mezzotintos.
These etchings were published again in 1740 as Errores Ulyssis.
As yet, power rather than beauty presided, unless in the etchings of Vandyck.The Best Portraits in Engraving
I think his etchings are as good as any line work the war has produced.An Onlooker in France 1917-1919
- the art, act, or process of preparing etched surfaces or of printing designs from them
- an etched plate
- an impression made from an etched plate
Word Origin and History for etchings
1630s, action of the verb etch, also "the art of engraving;" 1760s as "a print, etc., made from an etched plate."
An artistic print made from a plate on which the artist has etched a design with acid. (Compare engraving.)