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 engraving read: Henry Wilcox - Oct. 9, 1833 - April 17, 1922. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2022 The jeweler offers free engraving to give your gift a personal touch. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The new Heuer 02 movement, visible through the caseback, has a hint of orange on a wheel and a black rotor with an engraving indicating the new caliber. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 Dumbbell set with Monogram Eclipse canvas handles and signature engraving; $2,860, louisvuitton.com. Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 Services include collar engraving and dietary consultations. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 At the request of the Blackhawks the engraving of Aldrich’s name on the Stanley Cup was covered up. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 The new pieces also boast this spectacular engraving – based on a photograph Richards took — on the gold rotor, which is visible via a sapphire case back. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Want to see a riveting 16th century engraving of a personification of divine retribution by Albrecht Dürer, the incomparable German Renaissance genius? Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for engraving


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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