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mez·zo·tint(mĕt′sō-tĭnt′, mĕd′zō-, mĕz′ō-)
1. A method of engraving a copper or steel plate by scraping and burnishing areas to produce effects of light and shadow.
2. A print made from a plate engraved by mezzotint.
[Alteration of Italian mezzatinta, halftone : mezza, feminine of mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medium) + tinta, tint, from feminine past participle of tingere, to tint (from Latin, to dye).]
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a print made from a plate so treated
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
[C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint]
mez•zo•tint(ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-)
1. a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
2. a print produced by this method.v.t.
3. to engrave in mezzotint.
Past participle: mezzotinted
Engraving using tonal areas. A rocking tool creates a burred surface on the plate, which is smoothed away to leave the desired strength of image. Invented in the seventeenth century but rarely used since photographic ways of reproduction were invented.
mezzotint[ˈmetsəʊtɪnt] N → grabado m mezzotinto
n → Mezzotint nt