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[ re-truh-sahzh; French ruh-troo-sazh ]
/ ˌrɛ trəˈsɑʒ; French rə truˈsaʒ /


the technique or action, in etching or engraving, of drawing up ink from within the incised lines of an inked plate by deftly passing a soft cloth across its surface in order to spread ink to the adjacent areas.

Nearby words

retrospection, retrospective, retrospective falsification, retrospectively, retrospondylolisthesis, retroussage, retrousse, retroussé, retroverse, retroversioflexion, retroversion

Origin of retroussage

1955–60; < French: a turning up, equivalent to retrouss(er) (see retroussé) + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for retroussage

  • But before they can be used to advantage, they must undergo a process of retroussage.

    The Book of Khalid|Ameen Rihani