- 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.