Definition of dry point in English:

dry point


  • 1A steel needle for engraving on a bare copper plate without acid.

    1. 1.1 An engraving or print produced with a dry point needle.
      • ‘She has toiled assiduously to establish her reputation as Australia's preeminent printmaker, working as she has with large dry-points, embossings, etchings, and monoprints.’
      • ‘Picasso gave Apollinaire a copy of the dry point, The Bath, which the poet evokes in one of his first two articles on the artist's work.’
      engraving, print, impression, block, plate, dry point, cut, woodcut, linocut, vignette
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    2. 1.2[mass noun] Engraving by means of a dry point needle.
      • ‘Sandu's art is on paper executed with one, or a mixture, of the following techniques: etching, aqua forte, aquatint, dry point and mezzotint.’
      • ‘This process involves etching, engraving, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, linocut and wood block.’
      • ‘This is my first attempt with dry point, a craft that has been around for centuries.’
      • ‘In dry-point the etcher commences at once upon the bare copper plate without any ground.’
      • ‘The centre offered a wide range of media - intaglio processes such as etching, aquatint, dry point and mezzotint, as well as woodcuts, screen prints and other forms of colour printing.’