An engraving of a wild goat.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cut or incise letters, designs, etc. in or on (a surface)
- to impress deeply or permanently on the mind or memory, as though by engraving
- to cut or incise (a picture, letters, etc.) into a metal plate, wooden block, etc. for printing
- to print with such a plate, block, etc.
Origin: French engraver ; from en-, inch(es) plush graver, to incise ; from Old French grafe, stylus ; from Classical Latin graphium ; from Classical Greek graphion, graving tool ; from graphein: see graphic
- engraver noun
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transitive verb en·graved, en·grav·ing, en·graves
- To carve, cut, or etch into a material: engraved the champion's name on the trophy.
- To carve, cut, or etch a design or letters into: engraved the silver watch with my monogram.
- a. To carve, cut, or etch into a block or surface used for printing.b. To print from a block or plate made by such a process.
- To impress deeply as if by carving or etching: The experience was engraved into his memory.
- en·gravˈer noun