Etch Definition

etched, etches, etching
etched, etches, etching
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.
Webster's New World
To make or create by this method.
Etch a design on glass.
American Heritage
To prepare (a metal plate, glass, etc.) in this way, for use in printing such drawings or designs.
Webster's New World
To draw or write by cutting or scraping.
Etched his initials in the metal.
American Heritage
To engrave using a laser.
Webster's New World

Obsolete form of eddish.


Origin of Etch

  • Dutch etsen from German ätzen from Middle High German etzen from Old High German ezzen to eat ed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Germanic, cognate with Dutch ets.

    From Wiktionary

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