Etch definition

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To cut into the surface of (glass, for example) by the action of acid, especially by coating the surface with wax or another protective layer and drawing lines with a needle and then using the acid to form the lines on the unprotected parts of the surface.
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To make or create by this method.

Etch a design on glass.

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To impress or delineate clearly.

A landscape that is forever etched in my memory; trees that are etched against the sky.

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To draw or write by cutting or scraping.

Etched his initials in the metal.

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To cut or scrape something in or on.

Etched the metal with a knife.

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To engage in etching.
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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.
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To prepare (a metal plate, glass, etc.) in this way, for use in printing such drawings or designs.
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To engrave using a laser.
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To depict or impress sharply and distinctly.
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To make etchings.
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To cut into a surface with an acid or other corrosive substance in order to make a pattern. Best known as a technique for creating printing plates, but also used for decoration on metal, and, in modern industry, to make circuit boards.
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To engrave a surface.
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(figuratively) To make a lasting impression.

The memory of 9/11 is etched into my mind.

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Obsolete form of eddish.

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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