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 for etch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Etch \Etch\, v. i.
     To practice etching; to make etchings.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Etch \Etch\, n.
     A variant of Eddish. [Obs.] --Mortimer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Etch \Etch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Etched; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Etching.] [D. etsen, G. [aum]tzen to feed, corrode, etch.
     MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen to eat, G. essen ??. See
     1. To produce, as figures or designs, on mental, glass, or
        the like, by means of lines or strokes eaten in or
        corroded by means of some strong acid.
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     Note: The plate is first covered with varnish, or some other
           ground capable of resisting the acid, and this is then
           scored or scratched with a needle, or similar
           instrument, so as to form the drawing; the plate is
           then covered with acid, which corrodes the metal in the
           lines thus laid bare.
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     2. To subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as
        a plate of metal.
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              I was etching a plate at the beginning of 1875.
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     3. To sketch; to delineate. [R.]
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              There are many empty terms to be found in some
              learned writes, to which they had recourse to etch
              out their system.                     --Locke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make an etching of; "He etched her image into the surface"
      2: cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible; "a face
         etched with pain"; "the leafless branches etched against the
      3: carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from
         such a block; "engrave a letter" [syn: engrave, etch]
      4: carve or cut a design or letters into; "engrave the pen with
         the owner's name" [syn: engrave, etch]
      5: selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or
         printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "etch":
     bed, bite, bring home to, carve, confirm, corrode, cut, deep-dye,
     define, delineate, depict, describe, eat, eat into, eat out, embed,
     engraft, engrave, engrave on, entrench, establish, fix, found,
     grave, ground, impact, implant, impress, impress upon, imprint,
     incise, inculcate, infix, ingrain, inscribe, instill, jam, lodge,
     make it felt, outline, pack, picture, plant, portray, print,
     represent, root, score, scratch, seat, set, set forth, set in,
     settle, stamp, stamp on, stereotype, wedge

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