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An engraving.


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engraving ‎(plural engravings)

  1. The practice of incising a design onto a hard, flat surface, by cutting grooves into it.
  2. An engraved image.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      He stood transfixed before the unaccustomed view of London at night time, a vast panorama which reminded him […] of some wood engravings far off and magical, in a printshop in his childhood.
  3. (music)  The art of drawing music notation at high quality, see Engraving.

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  1. present participle of engrave