dry point

drypoint

[drahy-point]
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:
1825–35; dry + point

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dry point
 
n
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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