etch·​ing | \ˈe-chiŋ \

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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Archeologists there are analyzing the etchings on the bones to determine the skill and technique of the surgeons during the amputations. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Grim look at Civil War surgery unearthed by new pit of limbs, bodies," 21 June 2018 Anyone with information about the theft or etching is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360 or the FBI. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reward increased for return of Picasso etching stolen from Milwaukee art dealer," 25 Apr. 2018 An etching of Vincent Van Gogh on his deathbed made by Paul Gachet, his doctor, veers from the show’s often lurid evocations of death and violence to something more personal: an intimate portrait of a man who has taken his life. Cate Mcquaid,, "Skulls, and other things, beneath the skin in ‘Killers & Thrillers’," 14 Mar. 2018 The etchings preserve memories for generations of many longtime customers., "George’s Coney Island turns 100," 26 June 2018 There are also certainly paintings and etchings and drawings. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Hamilton’s David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit’s Design So Versatile," 24 May 2018 Soon Dwyer had Pfeil trying his hand at printmaking and etching and painting and writing haikus. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Unlikely artist and video star is among the Milwaukee homeless remembered at St. Ben's ceremony," 11 May 2018 The Picassos were woodblocks and etchings from the Vollard Suite [a celebrated series of neoclassical works, named after the art dealer who commissioned them]. Warren Strugatch, New York Times, "From Doodling on Napkins to Acres of Art," 11 Apr. 2018 Anyone with information about the theft or etching is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department or the FBI. Jesse Garza, USA TODAY, "$5,000 reward offered for stolen Picasso," 10 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 \

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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