Definition of engraving in English:

engraving

noun

  • 1A print made from an engraved plate, block, or other surface.

    ‘the scene is depicted in a contemporary engraving by William Hogarth’
    • ‘These photographs were offered for sale to newspapers, where they supplemented the older tradition of line drawings and engravings.’
    • ‘Certain of the artist's plates, pictures and engravings had been sold in 1858 for £2,500.’
    • ‘His best-known works are his wood engravings, which are mainly figure compositions and landscapes in a bold, clear style.’
    • ‘Some cards were printed on simulated parchment, and some were illustrated with copperplate engravings.’
    • ‘There's some absolutely beautiful engravings in some of these early botanical books which they did.’
    • ‘The best illustrated edition of Jane Austen uses contemporary fashion plates, engravings of carriages, town scenes and so on.’
    • ‘His exploits were commemorated in a series of paintings, portraits and engravings.’
    • ‘On display will be a range of visual interpretations of characters and scenes, including early wood engravings and contemporary photographs.’
    • ‘Fond of using wood as a medium, Frank began to gain recognition for his woodcuts and wood engravings.’
    • ‘For sheer numbers of prints and engravings reproduced, no other Victorian artist came close.’
    • ‘Works of art include paintings, engravings, prints as well as original sculptures or statues.’
    • ‘Walking around the back of the island an engraving on the wall of a building intrigued me.’
    • ‘The monk reached down, took it out, and peered at the intricate engraving of Chinese characters.’
    • ‘All engravings are hand-made in the workshop from the original plates by a team of four specialists.’
    • ‘The enormous influence of his woodcuts and engravings turned the print into a significant and distinctively German art form.’
    • ‘The Napoleon book features engravings and watercolours showing the island of St Helena and portraits of the emperor and the Count De Las Cases.’
    • ‘They, it seems, were copied from books of engravings and photographs or from pictures painted by others.’
    • ‘The shop specialises in maps, engravings, and prints from 1570 onwards.’
    • ‘As well as contemporary bronzes and ivories, engravings were also being used as design sources.’
    • ‘By the middle of the 1600s engravings depict the tower as three storeys high but dilapidated.’
    etching, print, impression, block, plate, dry point, cut, woodcut, linocut, vignette
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    1. 1.1mass noun The process or art of engraving a design on a hard surface, especially to make a print.
      ‘the quality of his engraving established new standards’
      • ‘Such qualities stood to challenge the kind of collective participation and sectional approach traditional engraving often required.’
      • ‘There will be demonstrations of glassmaking techniques, including engraving and painting on glass.’
      • ‘Designs used blown glass techniques with little cutting and engraving but no painting or gilding.’
      • ‘Born, raised, and educated just outside of London, Barraclough initially learned the art of engraving from a Master English gunsmith in the late 1940s.’
      • ‘The traditional Basque decorative arts consist primarily of woodcarving and engraving on stone.’
      • ‘Considered as goldsmith's work, the dishes are unremarkable and represent a fairly standard form for the time; it is in their complex and dense engraving that their artistic interest lies.’
      • ‘Artisans then begin the process of engraving on it.’
      • ‘There he studied painting with him and learned the Western technique of engraving.’
      • ‘Techniques of engraving, casting, and die-stamping usually associated with silver are also employed in jewelry making.’
      • ‘Drypoint is a process of engraving in which line images are carved into a plate using a hard needle tool.’
      • ‘Before moving to America he had worked in Chorley as an apprentice calico designer and learned the art of engraving at his father's business, who was a woollen manufacturer.’
      • ‘In the course of his research, Professor Turner has developed the skill to recognise styles of engraving in the manner of a handwriting expert.’
      • ‘It is similar to the technique of engraving, where a line is cut straight into the metal plate by the engraver.’
      • ‘Alan could make out ornate engraving across the surface and for the first time noticed the small feet that protruded from under the rim.’
      • ‘The gilder perhaps derived this delicate technique, a form of engraving, from Giles's apprenticeship to a jeweller.’
      • ‘He spent a year studying in Italy before learning engraving in Paris.’
      • ‘The early history of music-printing relates closely to printing in general and to the ancillary arts of engraving, map-making, and die-cutting for coins and medals.’
      • ‘Take your time don't rush your work - engraving is a time consuming process and some mistakes cannot be undone!’
      etching, inscribing, inscription, cutting, incising, incision, chiselling, chasing, scoring, notching, imprinting, impressing
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Pronunciation

engraving

/ɛnˈɡreɪvɪŋ//ɪnˈɡreɪvɪŋ/