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[kop-er-pleyt] /ˈkɒp ərˌpleɪt/
a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
a print or impression from such a plate.
engraving or printing of this kind.
a fine, elegant style of handwriting.
Origin of copperplate
1655-65; copper1 + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It did not look crazy, with its Gaskell's Compendium copperplate and its careful signature.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Who contrived the first copperplate press ever seen in this country?

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin Samuel G. Goodrich
  • copperplate engraving had been practised as early as the first quarter of the fifteenth century.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
  • Its antiquity is proved by the evidence of copperplate grants to have been known as early as the 5th century.

  • At the age of nineteen he entered on an indenture of seven years to a firm of copperplate engravers at Ferenize.

  • Born at Margate in 1821, he was early in life apprenticed to a copperplate engraver in Bedfordbury.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • The grand importance of wood-engraving and copperplate is not sufficiently estimated in historical investigations.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • From a purely mechanical point of view the construction of the copperplate press (Fig. 3) is of an exceedingly simple character.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • They are now much used for the reproduction of photographic portraits in books, taking place of the copperplate engraving.

    The Art of Illustration Henry Blackburn
  • In its application to lithography the following are the only requisites for copperplate transfer printing.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
British Dictionary definitions for copperplate


a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
a print taken from such a plate
a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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