rotogravure

[roh-tuh-gruh-vyoo r, -grey-vyer]
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noun
  1. a photomechanical process by which pictures, typeset matter, etc., are printed from an intaglio copper cylinder.
  2. a print made by this process.
  3. a section of a newspaper consisting of pages printed by the rotogravure process; magazine section.

Origin of rotogravure

1910–15; < German Rotogravur, orig. in the name of a Berlin printing firm (Rotogravur Deutsche Tiefdruck Gesellschaft), allegedly formed from the names of two other firms, Rotophot and Deutshe Photogravur AG; cf. photogravure, rotary
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rotogravure

noun
  1. a printing process using a cylinder etched with many small recesses, from which ink is transferred to a moving web of paper, plastic, etc, in a rotary press
  2. printed material produced in this way, esp magazines
Often shortened to: roto

Word Origin for rotogravure

C20: from Latin rota wheel + gravure
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Word Origin and History for rotogravure
n.

1913, from German Rotogravur (originally, in full, Deutsche Tiefdrück Gesellschaft), said to blend two corporate names, Rotophot and Deutsche Photogravur A.G. Etymologically, the roots are Latin rota "wheel, roller" (see rotary) and French gravure "engraving" (see gravure). The process was used for printing photo sections of newspapers and magazines, so that the word came to be used for these.

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