en·​grav·​ing | \in-ˈgrā-viŋ, 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

During the Age of Exploration, map corners were often filled with engravings of sea monsters. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 According to Elle, the item comes with custom engraving, a special care kit and a dedicated support team to maintain brush care, and insurance. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Artis Created a $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brush," 13 Nov. 2018 The bride complemented her wedding day look with a different BLACKSEA minaudiere, a sophisticated white clutch with gold laser engraving. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Married in Marrakech: Jane Lerman & Shane Fonner's Desert Wedding," 31 May 2017 The program, which started in 2015, provides students the opportunity to get hands-on experience not only with traditional equipment such as drill presses and engraving machines, but also state-of-the-art 3-D printers and CNC routers. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Ribbon Cutting Held For Windham ECO Manufacturing Lab," 2 July 2018 Three versions are here, alongside a similar, very illustrative engraving by Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 Sedate colors and old-fashioned engravings suggest more food-friendliness, which in most cases means leaner, drier wines with more prominent acidity. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Charles Smith 'Boom Boom' Syrah," 28 June 2018 As part of that effort, the post is working on restoring the statue that was created by the same sculptor who designed the sculptures and engravings at Hoover Dam. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale American Legion restoring statue with new medallion, nearly 90 years after original was stolen," 10 July 2018 By laying prone, young Loch hid an engraving of the Spanish crown, which ceded the Philippines to U.S. control at the end of the Spanish-American war in 1898. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Savoring the sweet taste of patriotism at Fourth of July parades around Baltimore," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of engraving

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


en·​grav·​ing | \in-ˈgrā-viŋ\

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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