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1. A process of etching capable of producing several tones by varying the etching time of different areas of a copper plate so that the resulting print resembles the flat tints of an ink or wash drawing.
2. An etching made by this process.
[French aquatinte, from Italian acquatinta : acqua, water (from Latin aqua; see aqua) + tinta, dyed (from Latin tincta, feminine past participle of tingere, to dye).]
aq′ua·tint′er, aq′ua·tint′ist n.
aquatint(ˈækwəˌtɪnt) (ˌækwəˈtɪntə) or
1. (Art Terms) a technique of etching copper with acid to produce an effect resembling the flat tones of wash or watercolour. The tone or tint is obtained by acid (aqua) biting through the pores of a ground that only partially protects the copper
2. (Art Terms) an etching made in this way
(Art Terms) (tr) to etch (a block, etc) in aquatint
[C18: from Italian acqua tinta: dyed water]
aq•ua•tint(ˈæk wəˌtɪnt, ˈɑ kwə-)
1. a process imitating the broad flat tints of ink or wash drawings in which a microscopic crackle is etched on the copperplate intended for printing.
2. an etching produced by aquatint.
[1775–85; variant of aqua-tinta < Italian acqua tinta literally, tinted water]
aq′ua•tint`er, aq′ua•tint`ist, n.
Past participle: aquatinted
An engraving method producing fine-grain tonal areas rather than lines. invented mid eighteenth century and popular in the next century for reproducing watercolors. The tone ground is first etched on the plate, then acid-resistant designs are drawn on before further etching.
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|Noun||1.||aquatint - an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color|
etching - an impression made from an etched plate
|2.||aquatint - a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color|
|Verb||1.||aquatint - etch in aquatint|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
etch - make an etching of; "He etched her image into the surface"