mezzotinting

mezzotint

[met-soh-tint, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]
noun
1.
a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
2.
a print produced by this method.
verb (used with object)
3.
to engrave in mezzotint.

Origin:
1730–40; < Italian mezzotinto half-tint. See mezzo, tint

mezzotinter, noun
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mezzotint (ˈmɛtsəʊˌtɪnt)
 
n
1.  a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
2.  a print made from a plate so treated
 
vb
3.  (tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
 
[C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint]
 
'mezzotinter
 
n

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