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etch

verb \ ˈech \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of etch

etched; etching; etches
1 a : to produce (something, such as a pattern or design) on a hard material by eating into the material's surface (as by acid or laser beam)
b : to subject to such etching
2 : to delineate or impress clearly
  • scenes etched in our minds
  • pain was etched on his features
: to practice etching

etcher

noun

Examples of etch in a Sentence

  1. etched an identification number on the back of the television

  2. glass that has been etched with an identification number

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Origin and Etymology of etch

Dutch etsen, from German ätzen to etch, corrode, from Old High German azzen to feed; akin to Old High German ezzan to eat — more at eat

etch Synonyms

Synonyms

brand, engrave, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain (also engrain);

Near Antonyms

blot out, erase, expunge, obliterate;


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etch

noun

Definition of etch

1 : the action or effect of etching a surface
2 : a chemical agent used in etching

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First Known Use of etch

1896

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ETCH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of etch for English Language Learners

  • : to produce a pattern, design, etc., by using a powerful liquid (called an acid) to cut the surface of metal or glass


ETCH Defined for Kids

etch

verb \ ˈech \

Definition of etch for Students

etched; etching
: to produce designs or figures on metal or glass by using acid to eat into the surface


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