mezzotint


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mez·zo·tint

 (mĕt′sō-tĭnt′, mĕd′zō-, mĕz′ō-)
n.
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).]
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mezzotint

(ˈmɛtsəʊˌtɪnt) or

mezzotinto

n
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
vb
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
[C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint]
ˈmezzoˌtinter n
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mez•zo•tint

(ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-)

n.
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.
[1730–40; < Italian mezzotinto half-tint. See mezzo, tint]
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mezzotint


Past participle: mezzotinted
Gerund: mezzotinting

Imperative
mezzotint
mezzotint
Present
I mezzotint
you mezzotint
he/she/it mezzotints
we mezzotint
you mezzotint
they mezzotint
Preterite
I mezzotinted
you mezzotinted
he/she/it mezzotinted
we mezzotinted
you mezzotinted
they mezzotinted
Present Continuous
I am mezzotinting
you are mezzotinting
he/she/it is mezzotinting
we are mezzotinting
you are mezzotinting
they are mezzotinting
Present Perfect
I have mezzotinted
you have mezzotinted
he/she/it has mezzotinted
we have mezzotinted
you have mezzotinted
they have mezzotinted
Past Continuous
I was mezzotinting
you were mezzotinting
he/she/it was mezzotinting
we were mezzotinting
you were mezzotinting
they were mezzotinting
Past Perfect
I had mezzotinted
you had mezzotinted
he/she/it had mezzotinted
we had mezzotinted
you had mezzotinted
they had mezzotinted
Future
I will mezzotint
you will mezzotint
he/she/it will mezzotint
we will mezzotint
you will mezzotint
they will mezzotint
Future Perfect
I will have mezzotinted
you will have mezzotinted
he/she/it will have mezzotinted
we will have mezzotinted
you will have mezzotinted
they will have mezzotinted
Future Continuous
I will be mezzotinting
you will be mezzotinting
he/she/it will be mezzotinting
we will be mezzotinting
you will be mezzotinting
they will be mezzotinting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mezzotinting
you have been mezzotinting
he/she/it has been mezzotinting
we have been mezzotinting
you have been mezzotinting
they have been mezzotinting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mezzotinting
you will have been mezzotinting
he/she/it will have been mezzotinting
we will have been mezzotinting
you will have been mezzotinting
they will have been mezzotinting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mezzotinting
you had been mezzotinting
he/she/it had been mezzotinting
we had been mezzotinting
you had been mezzotinting
they had been mezzotinting
Conditional
I would mezzotint
you would mezzotint
he/she/it would mezzotint
we would mezzotint
you would mezzotint
they would mezzotint
Past Conditional
I would have mezzotinted
you would have mezzotinted
he/she/it would have mezzotinted
we would have mezzotinted
you would have mezzotinted
they would have mezzotinted
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mezzotint

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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mezzotint - print produced by an engraving that has been scraped to represent light or shademezzotint - print produced by an engraving that has been scraped to represent light or shade
print - a picture or design printed from an engraving
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Translations

mezzotint

[ˈmetsəʊtɪnt] Ngrabado m mezzotinto
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mezzotint

nMezzotint nt
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