etching

[ ech-ing ]
/ ˈɛtʃ ɪŋ /
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noun

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

First recorded in 1625–35; etch + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for etchings

etching

/ (ˈɛtʃɪŋ) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for etchings

etching


n.

1630s, action of the verb etch, also "the art of engraving;" 1760s as "a print, etc., made from an etched plate."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for etchings

etching


An artistic print made from a plate on which the artist has etched a design with acid. (Compare engraving.)

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