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etch

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verb \ˈech\

Definition of etch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to delineate or impress clearly scenes etched in our minds pain was etched on his features

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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


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etch

noun

Definition of etch

  1. 1 :  the action or effect of etching a surface

  2. 2 :  a chemical agent used in etching

First Known Use of etch

1896

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ETCH Defined for English Language Learners

etch

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verb

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

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verb \ˈech\

Definition of etch for Students

etched

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etching

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



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