steel engraving

  1. a method of incising letters, designs, etc., on steel.

  2. the imprint, as on paper, from a plate of engraved steel.

Origin of steel engraving

First recorded in 1815–25

Words Nearby steel engraving Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use steel engraving in a sentence

  • From a steel engraving framed in rosewood that hangs in my Uncle Wilkinson's parlour.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales | Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Dr. Hoffman had given Margaret a beautifully bound copy of Mrs. Hemans's poems, and the steel engraving in the front was handsome.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • It was Martha Foote's theory that a hotel housekeeper, dressed for work, ought to be as inconspicuous as a steel engraving.

    Cheerful--By Request | Edna Ferber
  • She herself was dressed in black, probably as she is represented in the well-known English steel engraving of her.

    The True Story of My Life | Hans Christian Andersen
  • The steel engraving herself sat there, as if to superintend, occasionally asking for the elucidation of a point.

    Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for steel engraving

steel engraving

    • a method or art of engraving (letters, etc) on a steel plate

    • a print made from such a plate

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