Mezzotint
Mezzotint Mez"zo*tint, v. t. To engrave in mezzotint. [1913 Webster]

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  • Mezzotint — Mez zo*tint, n. [Cf. F. mezzo tinto.] A manner of engraving on copper or steel by drawing upon a surface previously roughened, and then removing the roughness in places by scraping, burnishing, etc., so as to produce the requisite light and shade …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mezzotint — (n.) 1738; see MEZZO (Cf. mezzo) + TINT (Cf. tint). As a verb, from 1827 …   Etymology dictionary

  • mezzotint — [met′sōtint΄, med′zōtint΄, mez′ōtint΄] n. [It mezzotinto: see MEZZO1 & TINT] 1. 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 2. an engraving or… …   English World dictionary

  • Mezzotint — Sunshine V, mezzotint by Peter Ilsted Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half tones to be produced without using line or dot based… …   Wikipedia

  • mezzotint — mezzotinter, n. /met soh tint , med zoh , mez oh /, n. 1. a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface. 2. a print produced by this method. v.t. 3. to engrave in mezzotint. [1730 40; < It… …   Universalium

  • mezzotint —    or mezzoprint    In printmaking, an engraving process that is tonal rather than linear, or prints produced by this process. Developed in the seventeenth century, mezzotint was used widely as a reproductive printing process, especially in… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • mezzotint — UK [ˈmetsəʊˌtɪnt] / US [ˈmetsoʊˌtɪnt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms mezzotint : singular mezzotint plural mezzotints art a picture printed from a piece of metal that has some rough areas and some smooth areas …   English dictionary

  • mezzotint — noun Etymology: modification of Italian mezzatinta, from mezza (feminine of mezzo) + tinta tint Date: 1800 1. a manner of engraving on copper or steel by scraping or burnishing a roughened surface to produce light and shade 2. an engraving… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mezzotint — [ mɛtsəʊtɪnt, mɛzəʊ ] noun a print made from an engraved copper or steel plate, the surface of which has been scraped and polished to give areas of shade and light respectively. verb engrave in mezzotint. Derivatives mezzotinter noun Origin from… …   English new terms dictionary

  • mezzotint — mez•zo•tint [[t]ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ , ˈmɛz oʊ [/t]] n. 1) a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface 2) a print produced by this method 3) to engrave in mezzotint • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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