damascene

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noun

dam·​a·​scene ˈda-mə-ˌsēn How to pronounce damascene (audio)
ˌda-mə-ˈsēn
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capitalized : a native or inhabitant of Damascus
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: the characteristic markings of Damascus steel

damascene

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adjective

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capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of Damascus or the Damascenes
2
: of or relating to damask or the art of damascening

damascene

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verb

damascened; damascening

transitive verb

: to ornament (something, such as iron or steel) with wavy patterns like those of watered silk or with inlaid work of precious metals

Examples of damascene in a Sentence

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Noun
In the case of the Angkor Thom and Imperial Summer Palace pieces, the tree foliage was created using a damascene technique, which required embedding metal wire in an engraved surface. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 Copper interconnects are built using what’s called a damascene process. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2023
Verb
Dragon’s Cloud The dragon in this energetic narrative is carved out of gold over a background made using a rare technique called damascening, a form of decorative inlay using metals of contrasting colors, resulting in a layered appearance meant to resemble the organic textures found in nature. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle French damasquiner, from damasquin of Damascus

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damascene was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Damascene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damascene. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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