wood·​cut | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌkət \

Definition of woodcut

1 : a relief printing surface consisting of a wooden block with a usually pictorial design cut with the grain
2 : a print from a woodcut

Examples of woodcut in a Sentence

a collection of fine woodcuts

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Some point to a woodcut rendering in particular—which was published in a December 1848 edition of London Illustrated News—as a cultural catalyst. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How the Royal Family Decorates Their Palaces for the Holidays," 11 Dec. 2018 Bringing beauty back Galleries throughout Tokyo sell traditional and modern pieces in every medium, so a suitable souvenir may be a vibrant woodcut print or contemporary painting from a gallery. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 In Deal’s woodcut, a sober-faced child watches as her braids float away — shedding her culture perhaps in defiance, perhaps for survival. Diane M. Bacha, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Empathy' artists offer chance to consider reality of other people," 1 Feb. 2018 The ground-breaking LACMA show, its 107 woodcuts selected and lucidly organized by curator Naoko Takahatake, opens with Ugo’s small, luxurious image of Saint Jerome, generally considered to be Renaissance Italy’s first chiaroscuro woodcut. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 Two other woodcuts, one German and the other Italian, demonstrate the technique’s potential range of emotive force. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 Art includes oil paintings, watercolor paintings, acrylic, woodcuts, batiks, photography, and Japanese woodblock prints. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Hosting Reception For Latest Art Show," 21 June 2018 Using dovetails and other old-fashioned woodcuts, Sebastian Errazuriz makes furniture that seems fresh, new, and even a bit on this side of living and breathing. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Transforming Cabinets Move in Ways That Boggle the Mind," 22 June 2015 Marinas, boats, stacks of crab pots, woodcuts of blue crabs on mailboxes and front porches. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Many Maryland watermen deny the crab crisis is Trump’s fault. Except it is.," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of woodcut

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a picture made from a woodcut

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