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etch·ing

 (ĕch′ĭng)
n.
1. The art of preparing etched plates, especially metal plates, from which designs and pictures are printed.
2. A design etched on a plate.
3. An impression made from an etched plate.

etching

(ˈɛtʃɪŋ)
n
1. (Crafts) the art, act, or process of preparing etched surfaces or of printing designs from them
2. (Crafts) an etched plate
3. (Crafts) an impression made from an etched plate

etch•ing

(ˈɛtʃ ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act or process of making designs on a metal plate, glass, etc., by the corrosive action of an acid.
2. an impression, as on paper, taken from an etched plate.
3. the design so produced.
4. a metal plate bearing such a design.
[1625–35]

etching

1. A process in which a special needle is used to draw a design on a metal plate overlaid with wax. The plate is then treated with acid, inked, and finally used to print reproductions of the design.
2. Developed in the sixteenth century, engraving on a waxcovered metal plate which is scratched with a needle to expose the surface then placed in acid, which cuts into the plate where scratched. Longer exposure to acid makes a darker print line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.etching - an impression made from an etched plateetching - an impression made from an etched plate
aquatint - an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color
engraving - a print made from an engraving
2.etching - an etched plate made with the use of acid
engraving - a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
3.etching - making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
printmaking - artistic design and manufacture of prints as woodcuts or silkscreens
steel engraving - the act of engraving on a steel plate
aquatint - a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color

etching

noun print, impression, carving, engraving, imprint, inscription There was an old etching of the Thames on the wall opposite the window.
Translations

etching

[ˈetʃɪŋ] N (= process) → grabado m al aguafuerte; (= print made from plate) → aguafuerte m or f
he invited her in to see his etchings (hum) → la invitó a entrar a ver su colección de sellos

etching

[ˈɛtʃɪŋ] ngravure f à l'eau-forte, eau-forte f

etching

n
(= picture)Ätzung f; (in copper) → Kupferstich m; (in other metals) → Radierung f; come up and see my etchings (hum)wollen Sie noch mit heraufkommen und sich (dat)meine Briefmarkensammlung ansehen? (hum)
(= process)Ätzen nt; (in copper) → Kupferstechen nt; (in other metals) → Radieren nt

etching

[ˈɛtʃɪŋ] n (process) → incisione f all'acquaforte; (print made from plate) → acquaforte f
References in classic literature ?
We were looking at some etchings when you came in," said Sir Charles, hastening to break the silence.
There was a high dado of white wood and a green paper on which were etchings by Whistler in neat black frames.
Not the one with the green back--that contains my Rembrandt etchings, Mr.
Fabre always comes back for tranquillizing [134] effect; and if his peasants have something akin to Wordsworth's, his priests may remind one of those solemn ecclesiastical heads familiar in the paintings and etchings of M.
The brown walls were hung with a choice selection of sporting prints, varied here and there with silverpoint etchings of beautiful women in various poses.
She is charming still, and she lives in the little red brick house in Kensington, with Morris papers and Whistler's etchings on the walls, and gives the same nice little dinner parties, with veal creams and ices from Gunter's, as she did twenty years ago.
A notable collection of etchings and engravings from the old masters was gradually made by him, those from Claude's paintings being a specialty.
and skill the author is indebted for a series of etchings, exhibiting
The meal completed, they led me well within the cavern, which they lighted with torches stuck in various crevices in the light of which I saw, to my astonishment, that the walls were covered with paintings and etchings.
And also to an Act, entitled, "an Act, supplementary to an Act, for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times herein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
It was Gautier's Emaux et Camees, Charpentier's Japanese-paper edition, with the Jacquemart etching.
Amid so many marvellous engravings, there is one etching in particular, which is supposed to represent Doctor Faust, and which it is impossible to contemplate without being dazzled.