- a method of engraving on a copper or steel plate by scraping or polishing parts of a roughened surface to produce impressions of light and shade
- an engraving or print so produced
Origin of mezzotintItalian mezzotinto: see mezzo and amp; tint
to engrave by this method
- A method of engraving a copper or steel plate by scraping and burnishing areas to produce effects of light and shadow.
- A print made from a plate engraved by mezzotint.
Origin of mezzotintAlteration of Italian mezzatinta, halftone : mezza, feminine of mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medium) + tinta, tint, from feminine past participle of tingere, to tint (from Latin, to dye).
(third-person singular simple present mezzotints, present participle mezzotinting, simple past and past participle mezzotinted)
- to make such etchings