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etched; etching; etches

transitive verb

: 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)
: to subject to such etching
: to delineate or impress clearly
scenes etched in our minds
pain was etched on his features

intransitive verb

: to practice etching
etcher noun


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

Example Sentences

Verb etched an identification number on the back of the television glass that has been etched with an identification number
Recent Examples on the Web
Beniers didn’t etch his name on the box score Thursday night. Conor Ryan,, 13 Jan. 2023 This cleaner from Granite Gold cleans stone grout without the chemicals (ammonia and acid) found in traditional cleaners that could etch the natural stone. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 21 Dec. 2022 As construction workers completed the finishing touches around campus, freshmen, sophomores and juniors came together to etch their place in the program’s history. Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2022 For those without the horticultural skills to blanket churches in fescue, wrap bridges in foliage, or etch mythic figures in rice paddies, there is grass painting. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Never use products containing lemon, vinegar, or other acids or it may dull or etch the marble kitchen backsplash. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Dec. 2022 Rosie Grant makes the recipes people etch into their gravestones – like this one for spritz cookies, at the grave of Naomi Miller-Dawson. CBS News, 18 Nov. 2022 Fortunately for the sake of Lewis' sanity, his team did not have to etch in all the High Valyrian glyphs on the dagger that shows up in the context of House of the Dragon when it's heated by fire. Nick Romano,, 21 Oct. 2022 If Friday night’s performance in a 49-19 win over Everett was any indication, Henry, a junior transfer from Belmont Hill, appears to have the tools to etch his own chapter in a family story that has made a lasting impression in the region. Mike Mcmahon,, 11 Sep. 2022
All the fractured parts in each group were bonded to their relevant apical parts by an etch and rinse bonding system and a flowable composite resin. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 2 Dec. 2013 Packing in the Data To create the devices, the researchers blast a disc of glass with intense femtosecond laser pulses, creating nanoscale etch marks within its structure that alter the polarization of light beams. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2016 Those two, plus Tokyo Electron Ltd., accounted for 91% of the worldwide dry-etch-system market in 2021, according to consulting firm Gartner Inc. Peter Landers, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 There seems to be a limitless number of products available to clean, strip, etch, degrease, and brighten various surfaces around the home, yard, and workshop. Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2020 If your floors have deep scuffs or scratches, start by using etch remover. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, 28 May 2020 From the clearing where we’d laid out our tents and camp pads, the opposite bank of the river was barely perceptible except for a faint Etch-a-Sketch panorama of sandstone buttes and towers. Jim Buchta,, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1634, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of etch was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Etch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to produce (as a pattern or design) on a hard material by lines eaten into the material's surface (as by acid or laser beam)
: to produce a pattern or design on by such etching
etched glass
an etched silicon chip
: to outline or impress clearly
migrating ducks etched against the sky
etcher noun

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