Definition of copperplate in English:



  • 1A polished copper plate with a design engraved or etched into it.

    • ‘Helping to personalize his achievement was the artist's original large copperplate with the image of the Arch of Titus and his portrait bust made by the English Sculptor Joseph Nollekens.’
    • ‘At the upper right a small slip of paper was pasted over the main sheet to repair the tear, and then the copperplate was struck on the repaired sheet.’
    • ‘Resin particles are either dusted onto the copperplate or applied in a spirit base.’
    • ‘His medium is not the traditional woodblock, but copperplates.’
    • ‘To push this concept further, Whistler etched many of his views directly onto the copperplate as he saw them so that the printed etchings are reversed.’
    • ‘Woodcuts were cheap to produce as they could be printed in quantities of many thousands, rather than the hundreds that etched images on copperplate could yield.’
    • ‘The society has all four volumes of the original double-elephant folio edition, housed in a specially designed mahogany viewing case, as well as several loose artist's proofs, and four of the copperplates engraved for the publication.’
    • ‘Catesby made his prints by etching the image of his drawing onto the surface of a copperplate.’
    • ‘Until now, it has not been certain what method the Havell family employed to transfer images from the watercolor to the copperplate.’
    • ‘Impressions from steel-faced copperplates tend to be colder and more sharply linear than the same images struck from the naked copper.’
    • ‘Much controversy still remains regarding the techniques used, but all processes began with etching and/or engraving the desired design on a copperplate.’
    • ‘The state archives will allow three of his original copperplates to be inked by a master printer who will then print ‘re-strikes’ from the plates.’
    • ‘Currently owned by the Old Print Shop in New York City, the original copperplate is now stripped of its coating and will never be struck again.’
    • ‘Among his other skills, he was renowned as an engraver both in wood and in copperplate.’
    • ‘The work incorporated an impressive total of 446 copperplates and was published between 1734 and 1765.’
    • ‘Then the copperplate is etched, and the image transferred onto fine Japanese paper.’
    • ‘Bach admired the theme, extemporised a fugue on it, and said that he would make a copperplate of it.’
    • ‘‘Short of printing from original copperplates or lithograph stones and hand coloring each print, digital imaging technology gives us the means to achieve astonishing fidelity to the original prints,’ he said.’
    • ‘To transfer the drawing from the tracing paper, one had only to dampen the sheet, place it face down on a copperplate prepared with a wax ground, and run both through the press.’
    • ‘By the age of eleven, Maria could engrave a copperplate.’
    1. 1.1 A print made from a copperplate.
      • ‘The atlas's hundreds of thousands of copperplate pages rolled off his nine Amsterdam printing presses (then the largest in the world) at a time when the Dutch East India Company was dominating Asian trade and mapping its territories.’
  • 2mass noun A style of neat, round handwriting, usually slanted and looped, the thick and thin strokes being made by pressure with a flexible metal nib.

    • ‘Graphics are not what they were - no swirl of copperplate breaking into black lettering for ‘High Treason’ - but the same appetite is being served.’
    • ‘On the first blank page names were written in different hands but all in perfect copperplate.’
    • ‘Here's a weird thing; last week, I got a postcard addressed to Sasha, preprinted in funereal copperplate, with my name and some other details (venue, date) written in by hand, from a stonemasons in Edgware.’
    • ‘The hand with which she wrote her reply still showed the strong traces of a schoolgirl's copperplate, but her careless haste removed from it the appearance of any formality.’
    • ‘Now no-one's suggesting that we all go back to the old leather bound ledgers, with the day's business written in copperplate with a feather quill.’
    • ‘Even then I regretted not being allowed to learn and to use copperplate but the days of the flexible steel pen nib were already ending.’
    • ‘But yes, every story had to have a moral in bold copperplate or it was not acceptable.’
    • ‘The exhibition, at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, from today until March 10, also features examples of Victorian hand-painted cards, with words of adoration written in the finest copperplate.’
    • ‘Please note that he only wants entries via email, so if your manuscript is written in copperplate across twenty-seven violet-scented onionskin pages, start typing.’
    • ‘The figures, entered in his spidery copperplate made for poor entertainment indeed.’
    • ‘Some Monk had scribbled some copperplate on the back of it - a 500 year old graffito.’


  • Of or in copperplate writing.

    • ‘The gold-embossed, pixilated depiction of Jesus and the copperplate font of the cover art are a major indication of Schmidt's cheekiness.’
    • ‘A painting of the sun setting over the sea in his book in 1921 was accompanied by the following message in very small copperplate writing.’
    • ‘It is like demanding that students revert to quill pens and write in copperplate script.’
    • ‘‘I would trace the gothic typeface of The New York Times banner head, [and] practice the copperplate script that adorns wedding invitations with felt markers and ballpoint pens,’ he recalls.’
    • ‘Around 24 copperplate inscriptions unearthed there and in the neighbourhood reveal that the king had great respect for all religions, and was a connoisseur of art and culture.’
    • ‘The date on the back of the photo, July 1st 1916, had been written, Ralph could see, in Jesse's copperplate hand.’
    • ‘The elegant copperplate lettering signals both a historical period and a genteel and restrained style of address.’
    • ‘Even some of the techniques used - the silver plaques engraved with copperplate script, the use of embroidery - hark back to these two artists.’
    • ‘Many Australians of my age remember the neat copperplate inscription of his name on the banknotes.’
    • ‘A Basingstoke man was baffled when he found a 100-year-old set of local election results in copperplate pencil handwriting on his wall.’
    • ‘In a series of heavy ledgers and brown paper packages tied up with string, the more than 60-year-old data were preserved, recorded in the neat copperplate script of the 1930s teachers.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it is not clear in any of these registers as to when the copy was made, though in some cases the date can be approximated by the way in which the registers are compiled or by a change in the copperplate handwriting.’
    • ‘Alert as ever he wrote me an interesting letter in copperplate handwriting.’
    • ‘Not since Arthur Stace's copperplate eternity signature graced Sydney's streets in the '50s has street art attracted such attention.’
    • ‘It took the girls a long time to work out the significance of the copperplate figure 3.’
    • ‘The exhibition was inspired by the homeless Sydney man, Arthur Stace who walked the city for decades chalking the word Eternity on pavements and walls in a perfect copperplate script.’
    • ‘Speeches given by Harris during the years of revolution and during the subsequent land agitation were faithfully recorded in the copperplate hand of bureaucrats and paid spies.’
    • ‘Visitors can take their place at desks in three period classrooms and write on slates with chalk before progressing to dip pens and exercise books to practise ornate copperplate writing.’
    • ‘Some of the earliest ledgers date from 1821, when the High Street apothecary kept his records in meticulous copperplate handwriting.’
    • ‘Little self-important copperplate fountain-penned comments such ‘Easily distracted’ start to creep into the elaboration box.’