engraving

Engraving is the art or technique of carving designs into a surface. You'll find engraving on stationary, wedding rings, and even on tombstones.

Some engraving results in an etched object, like a piece of jewelry or silverware. Other engraving is done on a metal plate, which is then used to print an illustration, design, or even paper money. You can call the design or resulting print an engraving as well. The word, from the verb engrave, combines the prefix en-, "in or into," and the now-obsolete grave, "to carve."

Definitions of engraving
  1. noun
    making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
    synonyms: etching
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    steel engraving
    the act of engraving on a steel plate
    aquatint
    a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color
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    printmaking
    artistic design and manufacture of prints as woodcuts or silkscreens
  2. noun
    a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
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    copperplate, copperplate engraving
    an engraving consisting of a smooth plate of copper that has been etched or engraved
    etching
    an etched plate made with the use of acid
    gravure
    a printing plate used in the process of gravure
    halftone, halftone engraving, photoengraving
    an engraving used to reproduce an illustration
    line block, line engraving, linecut
    engraving consisting of a block that has been etched or engraved
    steel engraving
    engraving on a steel plate
    wood block, wood engraving, woodcut
    engraving consisting of a block of wood with a design cut into it; used to make prints
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    plate
    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
  3. noun
    a print made from an engraving
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    dry point
    a print produced by dry point engraving
    etching
    an impression made from an etched plate
    halftone
    a print obtained from photoengraving
    line engraving, linecut
    a print obtained from a line drawing
    steel engraving
    an impression taken from an engraved steel plate
    wood engraving, woodcut
    a print made from a woodcut
    aquatint
    an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color
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    print
    a picture or design printed from an engraving
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