etch

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verb

etched; etching; etches

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to practice etching
etcher noun

etch

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noun

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

Examples of etch in a Sentence

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
Verb
The top of the shirt had a collar, and the outfit was etched with a colorful pattern of bold pinks, blues, and purples. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 That was 40 years ago, and the fond memories are still etched deep in our minds. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2024
Noun
Nanoimprint lithography stamps the chip’s design directly onto a silicon wafer, while EUV instead uses light to etch circuit patterns. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 29 Jan. 2024 In recent years there has also been a spike nationwide in catalytic converter thefts, prompting police in Takoma Park, Md., to team up with a local mechanic to etch tag numbers on catalytic converters to deter thieves seeking the part for its precious metals. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for etch 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Verb

1634, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of etch was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Etch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/etch. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

etch

verb
ˈech
1
a
: 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)
b
: to produce a pattern or design on by such etching
etched glass
an etched silicon chip
2
: to outline or impress clearly
migrating ducks etched against the sky
etcher noun

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