[ak-wuh-tint, ah-kwuh-]
a process imitating the broad flat tints of ink or wash drawings by etching a microscopic crackle on the copperplate intended for printing.
an etching made by this process.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to etch in aquatint.

1775–85; variant of aqua-tinta < Italian acqua tinta literally, tinted water. See aqua, tint

aquatinter, aquatintist, noun Unabridged
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aquatint (ˈækwəˌtɪnt)
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
3.  (tr) to etch (a block, etc) in aquatint
[C18: from Italian acqua tinta: dyed water]

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Word Origin & History

1782, "engraving made with aqua fortis" (q.v.), from It. acquatinta, from L. aqua tincta "dyed water."
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Example sentences
Reproduction of print, possibly etching with aquatint.
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