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aquatint

[ak-wuh-tint, ah-kwuh-] /ˈæk wəˌtɪnt, ˈɑ kwə-/
noun
1.
a process imitating the broad flat tints of ink or wash drawings by etching a microscopic crackle on the copperplate intended for printing.
2.
an etching made by this process.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to etch in aquatint.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; variant of aqua-tinta < Italian acqua tinta literally, tinted water. See aqua, tint
Related forms
aquatinter, aquatintist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aqua tint

aquatint

/ˈækwəˌtɪnt/
noun
1.
a technique of etching copper with acid to produce an effect resembling the flat tones of wash or watercolour. The tone or tint is obtained by acid (aqua) biting through the pores of a ground that only partially protects the copper
2.
an etching made in this way
verb
3.
(transitive) to etch (a block, etc) in aquatint
Word Origin
C18: from Italian acqua tinta: dyed water
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Word Origin and History for aqua tint

aquatint

n.

1782, "engraving made with aqua fortis," from Italian acquatinta, from Latin aqua tincta "dyed water;" see aqua- + tinct.

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