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Noun: etching  e-ching
  1. An impression made from an etched plate
  2. An etched plate made with the use of acid
  3. Making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
    - engraving
Verb: etch  ech
  1. Selectively dissolve the surface of something with a solvent (or laser, stream of electrons, etc.) to produce a desired design or effect
  2. (art) make an etching of
    "He etched her image into the surface"
  3. (art) carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
    "etch a letter";
    - engrave
  4. Carve or cut a design or letters into
    "etch the pen with the owner's name";
    - engrave
  5. Cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible
    "a face etched with pain"; "the leafless branches etched against the sky"

Derived forms: etchings

Type of: carve, chip at, dissolve, engraving, print, printmaking, show

Encyclopedia: Etching