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n. The act, art, or practice of engraving by means of acid which eats away lines or surfaces left unprotected in metal, glass, or the like. See Etch, vb. A design carried out by means of the above process; a pattern on metal, glass, etc., produced by etching. An impression on paper, parchment, or other material, taken in ink from an etched plate.


 - Etching figures (Min.), markings produced on the face of a crystal by the action of an appropriate solvent. They have usually a definite form, and are important as revealing the molecular structure. - Etching needle, a sharp-pointed steel instrument with which lines are drawn in the ground or varnish in etching. - Etching stitch (Needlework), a stitch used outline embroidery.

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