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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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 Using a combination of etching and hand-cutting, the presidential design depicts an image of the White House, while the vice-presidential vase shows the U.S. Capitol; both are flanked by cherry trees. House Beautiful, "The Inaugural Ceremony: What to Expect from the Luncheon," 17 Jan. 2013 Immediately wipe up spills with a microfiber cloth to avoid staining or etching. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 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

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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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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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