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.

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The artist launched his career by designing engravings, but his fame rests on his paintings, and the lion’s share of these—including the most important—belong to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which rarely lends. Joseph Leo Koerner, The New York Review of Books, "In Love with Multiplicity," 23 May 2019 The band had been shaped and flattened to 0.75 to 1.5 inches wide and just 0.03 inches thick but bore no engravings or other decoration. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 There are also ceramics—since vases hold flowers—alongside horticultural engravings and objects from the garden like shears and watering cans. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A new show of French garden art at the Met explores the politics of verdant leisure spaces.," 13 Apr. 2018 The show leaped out of a book: Chantal Thomas’s set placed the action on sheaves of paper, and projections created by 59 Productions ranged from blood stains to old engravings of jungles. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Staging Reimagined Stories in New Mexico," 6 Aug. 2018 An engraving published in 1848 featured the Queen, the Prince, and their children decorating a tree. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Made Christmas Trees a Holiday Staple," 18 Dec. 2018 Even an engraving on an otherwise ordinary-looking stone slab may have been drawn from a real counterpart, Twitter historians concluded. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Those painted sculptures in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are true to history," 23 Oct. 2018 Instead, Paul Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre of 1770 deserves that honor. WSJ, "Fake News, Propaganda Go Back a Long Way in U.S.," 15 Jan. 2019 But this small silcrete flake is the oldest drawing (as opposed to engraving) ever found. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The oldest drawing in the world was done with an ocher crayon," 12 Sep. 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


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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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