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 Even the elevator doors showcase subtle etchings of Native American life. Washington Post, "In the mountains of New Mexico, a storied ski resort gets a contemporary makeover," 17 Jan. 2020 Copper plate etchings were his medium of choice, using a hand press to create prints. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "From Chessie the cat to Old Ironsides: Yenke Peddler antiques," 9 Jan. 2020 In 1900, Albert Besnard created an etching portrait of Rodin. Susan Dunne,, "A rare chance to see the world and work of Rodin at Fairfield University," 29 Oct. 2019 Individual lockers look like five-star hotel closets, with etchings of Cleveland's cityscape. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cavs create state-of-the-art locker room at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse," 28 Sep. 2019 Archaeologists excavating the crags during the 19th century widened the caves, tunneling through the stone and inadvertently destroying surface etchings. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Explore a 3-D Model of Cave Covered in Creepy ‘Witches’ Marks’," 7 Nov. 2019 Meet the artists and learn about their processes for woodblocks, etchings, letterpress, papermaking, screenprints, monoprints, lithographs and more. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Nov. 4-10," 4 Nov. 2019 Carefully apply the etching cleaner to the backsplash with a scrub, working it into the tiles in 10-minute spurts. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Paint Tile—and Make It Look Totally Professional," 1 Oct. 2019 With local guides, hike to the White Lady rock etching, believed to date back at least 2,000 years. National Geographic, "Namibia Expedition: Desert Safari and Big Cat Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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30 Jan 2020

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“Etching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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