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 Side Four will feature an etching of Dio’s mascot, the demon Murry. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2022 More of a special occasion splurge, Moms will love the sweet etching. Jami Supsic, Country Living, 2 May 2022 Invitation — intended to evoke the feeling of a calligraphy note — features open-pore Khaya wood with dual laser etching, the first automotive application of that detailed technique. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2022 An etching of cactus paddles by Maria E. Figueroa, who was born in 1950, is as voluptuous in form as Olabuenga’s work, but monochromatic, with a composition keyed to a vivid contrast of black and white. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 No, these aren’t the kind of prints created by simply opening the print dialogue on one’s computer, but artwork created through tedious processes of etching, woodblock printing, lithography, screen printing and more. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Jan. 2022 The nucleation point is a tiny etching at the bottom of a glass that acts as a kickstarter for bubbles. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021 Just as noteworthy, though, is the laser technique used to create the etching, which, Wired points out, is the same one used to help remove cataracts. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 And because this is Rolex, a company notorious for playing things close to the chest, the etching was handled by an in-house artisan, not an outside expert. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of etching

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 May 2022

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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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