Engraving En*grav"ing, n. 1. The act or art of producing upon hard material incised or raised patterns, characters, lines, and the like; especially, the art of producing such lines, etc., in the surface of metal plates or blocks of wood. Engraving is used for the decoration of the surface itself; also, for producing an original, from which a pattern or design may be printed on paper. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is engraved; an engraved plate. [1913 Webster]

3. An impression from an engraved plate, block of wood, or other material; a print. [1913 Webster]

Note: Engraving on wood is called xylography; on copper, chalcography; on stone lithography. Engravings or prints take from wood blocks are usually called wood cuts, those from stone, lithographs. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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