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  1. a photographic process of preparing printing plates for letterpress printing.
  2. a plate so produced.
  3. a print made from it.
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Origin of photoengraving

First recorded in 1870–75; photo- + engraving


verb (used with object), pho·to·en·graved, pho·to·en·grav·ing.
  1. to make a photoengraving of.
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Origin of photoengrave

First recorded in 1870–75; photo- + engrave
Related formspho·to·en·grav·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Blocks produced by the photoengraving and other mechanical processes.

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  • There are about 100 men in the city engaged in the different processes of photoengraving.

  • Other departments of the printing industry are photoengraving, stereotyping, electrotyping, and lithographing.

  • That was the photoengraving place that you talked about, wasn't it, in your testimony?

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British Dictionary definitions for photoengraving


  1. a photomechanical process for producing letterpress printing plates
  2. a plate made by this process
  3. a print made from such a plate
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  1. (tr) to reproduce (an illustration) by photoengraving
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Derived Formsphotoengraver, noun
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