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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Hughes added aluminum railings and a faux-window next to the entry with an etching of a lighthouse. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Landlubber transforms Sausalito houseboat and himself," 31 Aug. 2019 An oil can is an apt subject for Muirhead, because its battered metal evokes the scraping of copper that yielded the intricate etching. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Matt Wilt wields a deft hand for his ceramic creations," 3 Aug. 2019 The faces in the petroglyphs match faces found on Taino pottery found at other sites, but these etchings have a more political reason for existence. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 Local Anishinabek people carved the etchings sometime in the last 1,400 years in what is now considered a holy site, documenting the creation stories, daily life, history and seasonal events of the Anishinabek. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 The first four include analog, nano-scale etchings of 60,000 pages worth of information readable using various powers of microscopes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 Joseph Goldyne created an etching of an hourglass running down, placed next to a misshapen pear. Susan Dunne,, "Contemporary still lifes juxtaposed with classic counterparts at University of Saint Joseph," 29 July 2019 Completed in 2015, this bridge was a festival project that offered ad space to anyone in the world who wanted to buy and design a personalized etching in the wood planks. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "15 Years In, Tomorrowland Is a Spectacle of Both Massive Size and Thoughtful Detail," 23 July 2019 After Ollie passed, Lloyd, 36, tried to purchase an etching of the superhero for his son’s gravestone, but due to copyright, his request was denied, The Sun reported. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Disney rejects father’s requests to put Spider-Man on son’s grave: report," 5 July 2019

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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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