: the art of cutting something into the surface of wood, stone, or metal

: a picture made from an engraved surface

Full Definition of ENGRAVING

:  the act or process of one that engraves
:  something that is engraved: as
a :  an engraved printing surface
b :  engraved work
:  an impression from an engraved printing surface

Examples of ENGRAVING

  1. She studied engraving in an art class.

First Known Use of ENGRAVING



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of various processes of cutting a design into a plate or block of metal or wood. The cutting is done by a graver, or burin, on a copper, zinc, aluminum, or magnesium plate, and the design is printed with a roller press from ink rubbed into the incised grooves. Wood engraving derives from the woodcut, but the use of the hard, smooth boxwood, cut with the burin commonly used by the copper-plate engraver, produces a finer, more detailed image. By contrast with engraving from metal plates, the printing of wood engravings is done from the surface of the plate or block; the parts that are not to be printed are cut away. See also etching.


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