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1. A technique of intaglio engraving in which a hard steel needle is used to incise lines in a metal, usually copper plate, with the rough burr at the sides of the incised lines often retained to produce a velvety black tone in the print.
2. An engraving or print made using this technique.


1. (Metallurgy) a technique of intaglio engraving with a hard steel needle, without acid, on a copper plate
2. (Metallurgy) the sharp steel needle used in this process
3. (Art Terms) an engraving or print produced by this method



1. a technique of engraving, esp. on copper, in which a sharp-pointed needle is used to scratch through a thin etching ground.
2. a print made by this technique.


An engraving technique dating from the fifteenth century. The design is scratched directly onto a copper plate with a sharp tool held like a pen, often producing a “burred” edge, giving a soft, rich texture, but this only survives for small editions.
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