en·​grav·​ing | \ in-ˈgrā-viŋ How to pronounce engraving (audio) , en- \

Definition of engraving

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

Examples of engraving in a Sentence

She studied engraving in an art class.
Recent Examples on the Web The cost to add a name is $250 which covers the cost of engraving and maintenance of the memorial, village officials said in a release. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Orland Park seeks names of veterans from throughout area to become part of memorial Wall," 13 Apr. 2021 Another is a bass, which Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and his wife, Chloe, have donated that also features an engraving of a bird on it. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Gojira Rage Against Deforestation in New ‘Amazonia’ Video," 26 Mar. 2021 The vehicles will also be distinguished by an engraving on the center console by artist Johnny Dowell, each of which takes approximately 100 hours to finish by hand. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, "Jaguar Celebrates the E-Type’s 60th Anniversary with a Perfect Pairing," 12 Mar. 2021 Consumers want more individualization and customization of products, through personalization with engraving and monograming, which drives the strong growth and constant changes of SKU portfolios. Forbes, "Supply Chain Trends For Retail And Consumer Goods," 1 Mar. 2021 The armorial engraving is the insignia of The Worshipful Company of Masons, one of the ancient livery companies of London. oregonlive, "1942 Casablanca poster, Capture Hitler game: What are they worth?," 3 Mar. 2021 The gun has a lot of nice details, with beautiful engraving on the sides of the receiver, lovely wood with checkering, and a small metal plate on the bottom of the stock grip that shows a bird dog with a duck in its mouth. The Editors, Field & Stream, "29 Classic Guns: Old Rifles, Collectible Shotguns, and Other Rare Guns," 23 Feb. 2021 Analysis of the engraving, made on a freshwater mussel shell, suggests that its maker used a shark tooth or another hard, pointed object to create the zigzag design. The Editors, Scientific American, "Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014," 12 Dec. 2014 Ann, who had been baptized at the hospital, was laid to rest under a simple gravestone that featured an engraving of an angel and a lamb. oregonlive, "In death, two lives are intertwined in a Portland cemetery: Tom Hallman at large," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of engraving

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of engraving was in 1599

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20 Apr 2021

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“Engraving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraving. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of engraving

: the art of cutting something into the surface of wood, stone, or metal
: a picture made from an engraved surface


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Kids Definition of engraving

1 : the art of cutting something especially into the surface of wood, stone, or metal
2 : a print made from a cut surface

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