en·​grav·​ing in-ˈgrā-viŋ How to pronounce engraving (audio)
: the act or process of one that engraves
: something that is engraved: such as
: an engraved printing surface
: engraved work
: 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 engravings on the base of the decanter depict the vast desert and mountains that made up their territory, the agave stalks characteristic of the region and the red-headed finch so significant to this tribe. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The rings are genderless, sustainable, and come with a free engraving. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The engraving's shape is characteristic of the two desert kites at Jibal al-Khashabiyeh that are nearest to where the engraved rock was found, and the authors estimate the age of the engraving to be about 7,000 years old. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 Other engravings pay tribute to Wiggins and his voyages. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2023 Experts noted that the engraving lacks a connection to Christianity, and instead might be a reference to Janus, a Roman god with two faces. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 First explored by Ruiz-Redondo and colleagues in 2021, Cova Dones is home to at least 110 paintings, drawings and engravings. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 Beneath the sapphire crystal glass, another sentimental touch was added to the 22-karat yellow-gold rotor, which is adorned with an engraving of Philippe Stern’s signature. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2023 Like Rick, Michonne possesses a matching smart phone with an engraving of two people and his name alongside a Japanese inscription. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of engraving was in 1599

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“Engraving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraving. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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