En·grave v. t. [imp. Engraved p. p. Engraved or Engraven p. pr. & vb. n. Engraving.]
1. To cut in; to make by incision. [Obs.]
Full many wounds in his corrupted flesh
He did engrave. --Spenser.
2. To cut with a graving instrument in order to form an inscription or pictorial representation; to carve figures; to mark with incisions.
Like . . . . a signet thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel. --Ex. xxviii. 11.
3. To form or represent by means of incisions upon wood, stone, metal, or the like; as, to engrave an inscription.
4. To impress deeply; to infix, as if with a graver.
Engrave principles in men's minds. --Locke.
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.
2. That which is engraved; an engraved plate.
3. An impression from an engraved plate, block of wood, or other material; a print.
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.
n 1: a print made from an engraving
2: a block or plate that has been engraved
3: making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from
them [syn: etching]