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drypoint

[drahy-point] /ˈdraɪˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
a technique of engraving, especially on copper, in which a sharp-pointed needle is used for producing furrows having a burr that is often retained in order to produce a print characterized by soft, velvety black lines.
2.
a print made by this technique.
Origin of drypoint
1825-1835
1825-35; dry + point
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  • The dry point must be ground with flat faces rather than round, so as to cut the copper, and penetrate it with ease.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • A "dry point" plate is produced by drawing on a copper plate with a steel or diamond point, and without biting by acid.

  • Before this Alfred Vail had perfected his telegraph code of alphabetical signs, with his dry point reading register and relay key.

  • "Mr. Delamayn consulted me on a dry point of law, in which a friend of his was interested," said Sir Patrick.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • The dry point is held in a perpendicular position, and is used on the bare copper.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • A grizzly bear that I followed one day, paused on a dry point in a park to dig out some mice.

  • The dry point is not only used for retouching; it is sometimes employed, without any etching, to put in the whole background.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • In stipple engraving, the burin and the dry point are used alternately, according to the degree of vigour or delicacy required.

  • On the other hand, the difference in the appearance of etched lines and dry point work produces curious effects.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • It is better to use the dry point, which has more affinity to the processes natural to etching.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
British Dictionary definitions for dry point

dry point

noun
1.
a technique of intaglio engraving with a hard steel needle, without acid, on a copper plate
2.
the sharp steel needle used in this process
3.
an engraving or print produced by this method
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