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intaglio

[in-tal-yoh, -tahl-; Italian een-tah-lyaw] /ɪnˈtæl yoʊ, -ˈtɑl-; Italian inˈtɑ lyɔ/
noun, plural intaglios Italian, intagli
[een-tah-lyee] /inˈtɑ lyi/ (Show IPA)
1.
incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.
2.
ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
3.
a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, or the like, cut with an incised or sunken design.
4.
an incised or countersunk die.
5.
a figure or design so produced.
6.
a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
7.
an impression or printing from such a design, engraving, etc.
verb (used with object)
8.
to incise or display in intaglio.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Italian, derivative of intagliare to cut in, engrave, equivalent to in- in-2 + tagliare to cut < Late Latin tāliāre, derivative of Latin tālea a cutting; see tally
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Examples from the web for intaglio
  • Yellow and pink colors are by the offset press and light brown, dark brown and purple added by the intaglio press.
  • The plate is then inked and run through a heavy intaglio press to create prints.
  • intaglio is a term used to describe the printing of ink that lies in recessed, etched areas of the plate.
  • Archeological resources include petroglyphs, lithic scatters and an intaglio.
British Dictionary definitions for intaglio

intaglio

/ɪnˈtɑːlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -lios, -li (-ljiː)
1.
a seal, gem, etc, ornamented with a sunken or incised design, as opposed to a design in relief Compare cameo
2.
the art or process of incised carving
3.
a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used
4.
any of various printing techniques using an etched or engraved plate. The whole plate is smeared with ink, the surface wiped clean, and the ink in the recesses then transferred to the paper or other material
5.
an incised die used to make a design in relief
Derived Forms
intagliated (ɪnˈtɑːlɪˌeɪtɪd) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from intagliare to engrave, from tagliare to cut, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor
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Word Origin and History for intaglio
n.

1640s, from Italian intaglio "engraved work" (plural intagli), from intagliare "to cut in, engrave," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tagliare "to cut" (see entail).

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