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- simple past tense and past participle of
- (decorative arts) Lowered, beaten down, or cut away, as the background of an ornamental pattern in relief. Used specifically of stone-cutting; also of metal when the pattern or inscription is to show bright on dark, and the ground is therefore worked out with the graving-tool and left rough or hatched in lines.
- 1889 Century Dictionary, volume 1 page 5