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mezzotint

[met-soh-tint, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] /ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-/
noun
1.
a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
2.
a print produced by this method.
verb (used with object)
3.
to engrave in mezzotint.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian mezzotinto half-tint. See mezzo, tint
Related forms
mezzotinter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mezzotinter

mezzotint

/ˈmɛtsəʊˌtɪnt/
noun
1.
a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
2.
a print made from a plate so treated
verb
3.
(transitive) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
Derived Forms
mezzotinter, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint
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Word Origin and History for mezzotinter

mezzotint

n.

1738; see mezzo + tint. As a verb, from 1827.

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