the act or art of a person who or thing that engraves.
the art of forming designs by cutting, corrosion by acids, a photographic process, etc., on the surface of a metal plate, block of wood, or the like, for or as for the purpose of taking off impressions or prints of the design so formed.
the design engraved.
an engraved plate or block.
an impression or print from this.

1595–1605; engrave + -ing1

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verb (used with object), engraved, engraving.
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.
to print from such a surface.
to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.: He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
to impress deeply; infix: That image is engraved on my mind.

1500–10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3

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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engrave (ɪnˈɡreɪv)
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
[C16: from en-1 + grave³, on the model of French engraver]

engraving (ɪnˈɡreɪvɪŋ)
1.  the art of a person who engraves
2.  a block, plate, or other surface that has been engraved
3.  a print made from such a surface
Related: glyptic

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from en- + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.
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engraving definition

An artistic print made from a metal plate on which an artist has cut a design with a graver or a small chisel. (Compare etching.)

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Example sentences
The driver's date of birth and signature are embossed by laser engraving to make them sensitive to touch.
In the next few years, forward-thinking memorial shops began to adopt laser engraving.
Production of the stamp is by a combination of engraving and lithography.
Our rotary and laser engraving services combined with our silk screening capabilities can provide truly individual designs.
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