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 Over his 78 years as a professional artist, Picasso created 147,800 pieces including 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 300 sculptures and ceramics and 34,000 illustrations. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Be persistent like Picasso and you'll master your craft, too," 8 Feb. 2020 The maker then cut the sheet, applied it to the clock form, and created collages of metal for the basic parts of butterflies and dogwood blossoms, augmented by engraving, or just planes of abstract, mottled forms. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 These places include ‘culturally modified’ trees that have been altered for traditional uses, as well as rock art and engravings, stone-tool sites and grinding stones, some of which may be tens of thousands of years old. John Pickrell, Scientific American, "Thousands of Ancient Aboriginal Sites Probably Damaged in Australian Fires," 27 Jan. 2020 Louisville Slugger baseball bats, available with the seal and custom engraving, are hot retirement and holiday gifts. Katie Sanders, Washington Post, "Meet the man behind the swag shop most people in the world can’t visit," 2 Dec. 2019 Closer inspection of the engravings revealed them to be tiny carvings of the Buddha, some no larger than postage stamps, covering every inch of the sandstone surfaces, the walls broken at regular intervals by pedestals. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 The celebration includes stein engravings, sausage eating contests, stein hoisting contests, a goldrush cash punch wall, and a lederhosen and dirndle contest. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Oktoberfest beer barrels its way into the area," 16 Sep. 2019 Furthermore, the customer can choose stock length, grade of wood, and engraving -- many features usually available only in the rarefied bespoke-shotgun arena. John M. Taylor, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: The 9 Greatest Shotguns Made Today," 12 Aug. 2012 With state-of-the-art engraving done by CNC machines and lasers—and only about 10 hours of hands-on work—the Revenant achieves a level of ornamentation previously found only on guns costing upward of $100,000 or more. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Year," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of engraving

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Engraving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraving. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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