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mezzotint

[ met-soh-tint, med-zoh-, mez-oh- ]
/ ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ- /
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noun

a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
a print produced by this method.

verb (used with object)

to engrave in mezzotint.

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mezzo piano, mezzo soprano, mezzo-relievo, mezzo-soprano, mezzo-soprano clef, mezzotint, meŝtrović, meštrović, mf, mf., mfat

Origin of mezzotint

First recorded in 1730–40, mezzotint is from the Italian word mezzotinto half-tint. See mezzo, tint
Related formsmez·zo·tint·er, noun
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mezzotint

/ (ˈmɛtsəʊˌtɪnt) /

noun

a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
a print made from a plate so treated

verb

(tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
Derived Formsmezzotinter, noun

Word Origin for mezzotint

C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint
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Word Origin and History for mezzotint

mezzotint


n.

1738; see mezzo + tint. As a verb, from 1827.

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