etch definition by Webster's New World
- to make (a drawing, design, etc.) on metal, glass, etc. by the action of an acid, esp. by coating the surface with wax and letting acid eat into the lines or areas laid bare with a special needle
- to prepare (a metal plate, glass, etc.) in this way, for use in printing such drawings or designs
- to depict or impress sharply and distinctly
Origin: Dutch etsen ; from German ätzen, to corrode ; from Middle High German etzen, to cause to eat, causative of ezzen (Ger essen), eat
- etcher noun
etch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb etched, etch·ing, etch·es verb, transitive
- a. To cut into the surface of (glass, for example) by the action of acid.b. To make or create by this method: etch a design on glass.
- To impress, delineate, or imprint clearly: a landscape that is forever etched in my memory; trees that were etched against the winter sky.
Origin: Dutch etsen, from German ätzen, from Middle High German etzen, from Old High German ezzen, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
- etchˈer noun