pho·​to·​en·​grav·​ing ˌfō-tō-in-ˈgrā-viŋ How to pronounce photoengraving (audio)
: a photomechanical process for making linecuts and halftone cuts by photographing an image on a metal plate and then etching
: a plate made by photoengraving
: a print made from such a plate

Examples of photoengraving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although photoengraving had been developed by 1890, woodcuts and metal casts of line drawings were used until 1904, especially in advertising. Roger Showley,, 15 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of photoengraving was in 1864

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“Photoengraving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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