gra·​vure | \ grə-ˈvyu̇r How to pronounce gravure (audio) , grā- \
plural gravures

Definition of gravure

: a process for printing from an intaglio plate In intaglio or gravure printing, minute depressions or cells are etched into the printing plate. These are filled with ink which is transferred to the paper after the excess ink on the unetched areas has been scraped off …— J. A. C. Yule especially : such a process where the plate is prepared by photographic methods : photogravure In photoengraving, a similar process, photoengravers produce metal plates or gravure cylinders for reproduction of copy. Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Recent Examples on the Web Plus there are still plenty of bite-sized distractions in Kamurocho and Sotenbori—like arcades with fully functional Virtual-On cabinets, mahjong parlors, and... live-action gravure photography. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4," 28 Aug. 2018 In the two photo-gravures here, Miller’s body is enmeshed in white lines, as if turned on by the current. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Posing for the Camera: Gifts From Robert B. Menschel’ Review: Portrait of a Collector and Collection," 18 Sep. 2017 Then rotogravure (color gravure) in the magazines allowed people to shoot in color and that introduced a new element certainly in photojournalism. Pete Brook, WIRED, "Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences," 15 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of gravure

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gravure

French, from graver to cut, engrave, from Old French, to make a line, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German graban to dig, engrave — more at grave entry 5

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“Gravure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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