Definition of etch
1a : 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
Examples of etch in a Sentence
etched an identification number on the back of the television
glass that has been etched with an identification number
Recent Examples of etch from the Web
People waited patiently to go in: an elderly lady who struggled to walk along the graduation walk, where seniors have bricks etched with their name; crowds of young people; and boys too young to knot their own ties.
His calling card, the ancient symbol for Mercury, has been etched into the flesh of two victims.
The date is etched in the minds of millions of people: August 21, 2017.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer etched his name in the record books yet again on Sunday afternoon by picking up his 2,000th career strikeout against the Rangers.
The significance of every site is etched on plaques and marketed as an attraction.
Building new communities Etched forever in ink on his right forearm in their native Spanish, activist Ricardo Negron-Almodovar carries a quote from Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti.
Bell lives in a five-bedroom home with her sister, her sister’s fiancé, two cats, and her dog, Vallejo—whose name is etched on her gold signet ring.
The women’s names and the date of their disappearance are etched in its surface.
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Definition of etch
1 : the action or effect of etching a surface
2 : a chemical agent used in etching
First Known Use of etch
ETCH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of etch for Students
: to produce designs or figures on metal or glass by using acid to eat into the surface
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