etch·​ing | \ ˈe-chiŋ How to pronounce etching (audio) \

Definition of etching

1a : the action or process of etching
b : the art of producing pictures or designs by printing from an etched metal plate
2a : an etched design
b : an impression from an etched plate

Examples of etching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the offices of the present-day Mayer of Munich atelier — a six-story, 54,000-square-foot industrial-style building from the early 1900s in the city center — a small framed etching of Joseph Gabriel Mayer hangs on the wall. New York Times, "The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life," 2 Dec. 2020 Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old etching of a cat carved into a hillside some 250 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, reports Spanish news agency EFE. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Nazca Line Featuring Lounging Cat Found in Peru," 19 Oct. 2020 Over the years, tour guides and locals have offered up various origin stories for the etching. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Did Michelangelo Carve a Graffiti Portrait Into This Florentine Facade?," 16 Nov. 2020 The left-handed artist was a master in both oil and watercolors, drew with pen and ink, and worked with copper etching and bronze sculpture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon museum named one of top 10 in the West," 29 Oct. 2020 Workers identified the etching while remodeling a portion of the Nazca Lines Unesco World Heritage Site, reports Tiffany May for the New York Times. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Nazca Line Featuring Lounging Cat Found in Peru," 19 Oct. 2020 Step 2: Etch the Design For precise etching, use thin sharp blades. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn How to Etch a Pumpkin for Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020 Emily in a sheer etching of the Eiffel Tower; Emily dressed as a Café Flore tablecloth; Emily as Audrey Hepburn at the opera. Raven Smith, Vogue, "Trés Cliché: Deconstructing the Exquisite Tackiness of Emily in Paris," 7 Oct. 2020 The Feybesses’ take on the traditional Basque dessert features a pastry cream filling and a top that’s crosshatched at a curve, like an etching of a fishing net. Soleil Ho,, "The Bay Area has a thrilling new Instagram pastry scene. Here are three to try," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of etching

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of etching was in 1634

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“Etching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of etching

: a picture made by putting ink on an etched piece of metal and then pressing paper against the metal


etch·​ing | \ ˈe-chiŋ How to pronounce etching (audio) \

Kids Definition of etching

1 : the art or process of producing drawings or pictures by printing from etched plates
2 : a picture made from an etched plate

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