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 Visitors to the site can take a piece of paper and use a pencil to create an etching of a name. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden and first lady visit memorial on Vietnam War Veterans Day," 29 Mar. 2021 Located on her left hand, on the inside of her middle finger, is an etching of a small handgun. Sarah Midkiff,, "Hailey Bieber Says She Regrets Getting This “Violent” Tattoo," 18 Mar. 2021 In the offices of the present-day Mayer of Munich atelier — a six-story, 54,000-square-foot industrial-style building from the early 1900s in the city center — a small framed etching of Joseph Gabriel Mayer hangs on the wall. New York Times, "The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life," 2 Dec. 2020 Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old etching of a cat carved into a hillside some 250 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, reports Spanish news agency EFE. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Nazca Line Featuring Lounging Cat Found in Peru," 19 Oct. 2020 Over the years, tour guides and locals have offered up various origin stories for the etching. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Did Michelangelo Carve a Graffiti Portrait Into This Florentine Facade?," 16 Nov. 2020 The left-handed artist was a master in both oil and watercolors, drew with pen and ink, and worked with copper etching and bronze sculpture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon museum named one of top 10 in the West," 29 Oct. 2020 Workers identified the etching while remodeling a portion of the Nazca Lines Unesco World Heritage Site, reports Tiffany May for the New York Times. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Nazca Line Featuring Lounging Cat Found in Peru," 19 Oct. 2020 Step 2: Etch the Design For precise etching, use thin sharp blades. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn How to Etch a Pumpkin for Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Etching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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