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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The art of working metal or other materials by the use of embossing and chasing to form minute detailed reliefs.
[From Greek toreutikos, of metal work, from toreutos, worked in relief, from toreuein, to work in relief, from toreus, a boring tool; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]
(Art Terms) (functioning as singular or plural) the art of making detailed ornamental reliefs, esp in metal, by embossing and chasing
[C19: from Greek toreutikos concerning work in relief, from toreuein to bore through, from toreus tool for boring]
n. (used with a sing. v.)
the art or technique of decorating metal or other material, esp. by embossing or chasing.
the art of ivory- and metalworking, especially relief work, embossing, and chasing. — toreutic, adj.See also: Art