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

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While Prince Arthur's birth puts tonight's episode firmly in 1850, this storyline is likely based on the events of 1847, when a series of etchings by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were leaked to a reporter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Etchings of Queen Victoria that Inspired Tonight's Episode of Victoria," 18 Feb. 2019 An essay by Wiles and Derstine in the show's catalog explains how the Morgan Library & Museum sent its Rembrandt etchings to the Allen during World War II for safekeeping, providing part of the historial impetus for the show. Steven Litt,, "Allen Memorial Art Museum centennial: Rembrandt etchings, modern art and more (photos)," 11 Nov. 2017 See a few of the original etchings which inspired the series, below. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Etchings of Queen Victoria that Inspired Tonight's Episode of Victoria," 18 Feb. 2019 Marble’s aforementioned issue with acids generally makes white the wisest choice for a countertop installation, because the shade is less likely to show the etching and scratches that can occur. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Having a Marble Countertop," 5 Feb. 2019 This isn't your standard pumpkin display—each week, a team of 75 carvers spends their days intricately sketching, etching, and cutting away at a whopping 5,000 gourds to create that week's look. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Never Seen A Jack O'Lantern Display Like This Before," 12 Oct. 2018 Chisel & Mouse The designers craft the buildings out of molded plaster and metal etching. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can now buy iconic Bauhaus buildings in miniature," 3 Dec. 2018 More premium build, two-tone glass etching, and wireless charging. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Here’s why the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are Google’s most expensive phones ever," 9 Oct. 2018 The Robertson Quay gallery focuses on print and paper works, including etching, screen printing, and paper making. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of etching

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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