etch

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Etymology 1[edit]

Germanic, cognate with Dutch ets.

Verb[edit]

etch (third-person singular simple present etches, present participle etching, simple past and past participle etched)

  1. To cut into a surface with an acid or other corrosive substance in order to make a pattern. Best known as a technique for creating printing plates, but also used for decoration on metal, and, in modern industry, to make circuit boards.
  2. To engrave a surface.
  3. (figuratively) To make a lasting impression.
    The memory of 9/11 is etched into my mind.
  4. To sketch; to delineate.
    • John Locke
      There are many empty terms to be found in some learned writers, to which they had recourse to etch out their system.
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Noun[edit]

etch

  1. Obsolete form of eddish.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)

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