copper+plate, also spelled copper-plate or copper plate. For the plate used for engraving itself in the 1660s. As a term for the printed product from 1817. Of the especially clear writing used in such prints from the 1820s. Use as a verb (the past participle copperplated) is from 1822.
Copperplate Sentence Examples
As thus defined, it includes three entirely different processes: copperplate printing, lithographic or chemical stone-printing, and letterpress printing.
In copperplate printing the whole of the plate is first inked, the flat surface is then cleaned, leaving ink in the incisions or trenches cut by the engraver, so that, when dampened paper is laid over the plate and pressure is brought to bear, the paper sinks into the incisions and takes up the ink, which makes an impression in line or lines on the paper.
In 1700 Brancovan had a map of the country made and a copperplate engraving of it executed at Padua.
The only likeness of Servetus is a small copperplate by C. Sichem, 1607 (often reproduced); the original is not known and the authenticity is uncertain.