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etching

[ech-ing] /ˈɛtʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of making designs or pictures on a metal plate, glass, etc., by the corrosive action of an acid instead of by a burin.
2.
an impression, as on paper, taken from an etched plate.
3.
the design so produced.
4.
a metal plate bearing such a design.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; etch + -ing1
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  • However he was an independent spirit and his etchings are distinctly original.
  • He depicted her in a series of etchings recording their trips to the louvre.
British Dictionary definitions for etchings

etching

/ˈɛtʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
the art, act, or process of preparing etched surfaces or of printing designs from them
2.
an etched plate
3.
an impression made from an etched plate
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Word Origin and History for etchings

etching

n.

1630s, action of the verb etch, also "the art of engraving;" 1760s as "a print, etc., made from an etched plate."

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etching definition


An artistic print made from a plate on which the artist has etched a design with acid. (Compare engraving.)

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