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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      engraving, print, impression, block, plate, cut, woodcut, linocut, vignette
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    2. 1.2mass noun Engraving by means of a dry point needle.
      • ‘This is my first attempt with dry point, a craft that has been around for centuries.’
      • ‘This process involves etching, engraving, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, linocut and wood block.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In dry-point the etcher commences at once upon the bare copper plate without any ground.’
      • ‘Sandu's art is on paper executed with one, or a mixture, of the following techniques: etching, aqua forte, aquatint, dry point and mezzotint.’