- a process by which spaces rather than lines are etched with acid, producing tones that give the effect of a wash drawing or watercolor
- an etching made in this way
Origin of aquatintFrench aquatinte from Italian acqua tinta, dyed in water from Classical Latin aqua, water + tintus, past participle of tingere, to dye, tinge
- A process of etching capable of producing several tones by varying the etching time of different areas of a copper plate so that the resulting print resembles the flat tints of an ink or wash drawing.
- An etching made by this process.
Origin of aquatintFrench aquatinte from Italian acquatinta acqua water ( from Latin aqua ; see aqua . ) tinta dyed ( from Latin tincta ) ( feminine past participle of tingere to dye )
- aq′ua·tint′er aq′ua·tint′ist
(third-person singular simple present aquatints, present participle aquatinting, simple past and past participle aquatinted)
- To make such etchings.
Italian acquatinta dyed water.