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 for etching
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
     Eat.]
     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.
                                                    --Hamerton.
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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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Etching \Etch"ing\, n.
     1. 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, v. t.
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     2. A design carried out by means of the above process; a
        pattern on metal, glass, etc., produced by etching.
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     3. An impression on paper, parchment, or other material,
        taken in ink from an etched plate.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  etching
      n 1: an impression made from an etched plate
      2: an etched plate made with the use of acid
      3: making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from
         them [syn: engraving, etching]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "etching":
     abstract art, aquatint, art, art form, artist, arts and crafts,
     arts of design, autolithograph, block, block print, burr,
     calligraphy, cave art, ceramics, cerography, chalcography,
     chiseling, chromolithograph, color print, copperplate,
     copperplate print, crayon engraving, cribbling, cross-hatching,
     cut, decoration, demitint, design, designing, drypoint,
     engravement, engraving, etch, fine arts, folk art, gem-engraving,
     glass-cutting, glyptic, graphic arts, graphotype, graving,
     half tint, hatching, impress, impression, imprint, incision,
     inscript, inscription, intaglio, line, lining,
     linoleum-block print, lithograph, marking, metal cut, mezzotint,
     negative, photoengraving, photography, plastic art,
     plate engraving, primitive art, print, pyrogravure, relief method,
     rubber-block print, score, scoring, scratch, scratching, sculpture,
     slash, slashing, steel engraving, stipple, stippling, the arts,
     tint, tooling, type-cutting, vignette, wood engraving, woodblock,
     woodburning, woodcut, woodprint, xylograph, zincography
  
  

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