\ ˈech How to pronounce etch (audio) \
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



Definition of etch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from etch


etcher noun

Synonyms for etch

Synonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Intel 4's biggest improvement is its integration of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, which uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to etch tiny patterns into silicon wafers. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 13 June 2022 Ukraine is the world’s largest exporter of neon, a gas used in lasers that etch circuits onto computer chips. Tom Krisher And Kelvin Chan, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2022 Chip manufacturers employ lasers to etch hyperfine circuit patterns onto wafers of silicon. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2022 On the other hand, give Glossier’s beloved Brow Flick a try to subtly etch faux hairs and add fullness. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 20 May 2022 At the event, hosted by the LAPD’s Northeast Division and sponsored by a grant from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, drivers had their cars lifted slightly off the ground so a mechanic could etch their VIN numbers with a power tool. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Nevertheless, etch your calendar in stone for an aggressive investigation into why. Shakeel Ahmed, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Fractal wood burning pairs high-voltage electricity and a chemical solution to etch intricate designs into slabs of wood. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Enormous machines project designs for chips across each wafer, and then deposit and etch away layers of materials to create their transistors and connect them. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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First Known Use of etch


1634, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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\ ˈech How to pronounce etch (audio) \
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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