line engraving

  1. a technique of engraving in which all effects are produced by variations in the width and density of lines incised with a burin.
  2. a metal plate so engraved.
  3. a print or picture made from it.

Origin of line engraving

First recorded in 1800–10
Related formsline engraver, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for line-engraving


  1. the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate
  2. a plate so engraved
  3. a print taken from such a plate
Derived Formsline-engraver, noun
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