etch

verb
\ˈech \
etched; etching; etches

Definition of etch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to practice etching

etch

noun

Definition of etch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action or effect of etching a surface

2 : a chemical agent used in etching

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Other Words from etch

Verb

etcher noun

Synonyms for etch

Synonyms: Verb

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

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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

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For this one, a hot pink liner like the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Pop)ular 49 was etched along his lash lines. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 It has been etched with a matte finish, leaving the top portion glossy to maintain that classic Pixel look. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone," 15 Oct. 2018 The seedlings struggled for years to take root, but 50-odd years later, the effect is impressive: a full map of Italy, including Sardinia and Sicily, is etched with trees on the hillside. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Italian Pine Forest Is Shaped Exactly Like...Italy," 1 Oct. 2018 All of the pieces are etched with a fine crosshatch pattern. Joan Juliet Buck, ELLE Decor, "The Greatness of Milan Through the Lens of Bottega Veneta," 29 Aug. 2018 After finishing runners-up in both 1974 and '78, the 'Total Football' side that had been etched into the ethos of Dutch football for many years following, was unceremoniously ditched in 2010 in the hope of finally ending their hoodoo. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - When Oranje Ditched Total Football in 2010 to Near-Perfection," 10 June 2018 Some things that are etched in my memory are the workouts in the off-season during our younger years. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "In emotional letter, Tony Romo calls Jason Witten ‘the best he’s ever played with’ | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 The rainbow hues continued into the bottom of her dress, with layers of the silver ensemble also featuring edging etched in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Wore Berry Red Lipstick," 8 Oct. 2018 The image of Hilinski being carried off the field after the overtime victory is etched in the memories of Washington State fans. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s father notes ‘how great the Cougar family’ has been," 27 Aug. 2018

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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, chicagotribune.com, "Call of the Colorado River leads to a family pilgrimage," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of etch

Verb

1634, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for etch

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

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etch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of etch

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

etch

verb
\ˈech \
etched; etching

Kids Definition of etch

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

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