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engrave

[en-greyv] /ɛnˈgreɪv/
verb (used with object), engraved, engraving.
1.
to chase (letters, designs, etc.) on a hard surface, as of metal, stone, or the end grain of wood:
She had the jeweler engrave her name on the back of the watch.
2.
to print from such a surface.
3.
to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.:
He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
4.
to impress deeply; infix:
That image is engraved on my mind.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3
Related forms
engravable, adjective
engraver, noun
reengrave, verb (used with object), reengraved, reengraving.
superengrave, verb (used with object), superengraved, superengraving.
underengraver, noun
unengraved, adjective
well-engraved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for engravable

engrave

/ɪnˈɡreɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
2.
to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
3.
to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
Derived Forms
engraver, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + grave³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engravable

engrave

v.

late 15c. (implied in ingraved), from en- (1) + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.

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