Mezzotint meaning

mĕtsō-tĭnt, mĕdzō-, mĕzō-
A method of engraving a copper or steel plate by scraping and burnishing areas to produce effects of light and shadow.
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A print made from a plate engraved by mezzotint.
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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.
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An engraving or print so produced.
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To engrave by this method.
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A form of intaglio etching in which a metal plate is roughened evenly and then smoothed to bring out an image.
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An etching or print made using this method.
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To make such etchings.
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Origin of mezzotint

  • Alteration of Italian mezzatinta halftone mezza feminine of mezzo half (from Latin medius medium) tinta tint from feminine past participle of tingere to tint (from Latin to dye)

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