Adjective "etched" definition and examples

(Etched may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Engrave (metal, glass, or stone) by coating it with a protective layer, drawing on it with a needle, and then covering it with acid to attack the parts the needle has exposed, especially in order to produce prints from it.
  1. 'I experimented with etching copper plates with three different etchants.'
  2. 'A beginner can produce etched glassware and small flat pieces of glass and mirror with no experience.'
  3. 'The masking layer is patterned so as to form a desired arrangement of metal lines by etching the underlying metal layer.'
  4. 'the gallery has 12,000 prints engraved and etched by celebrated masters'
  5. 'Printing that picks up ink from lines cut or etched in a metal plate is called intaglio printing.'
  6. 'The early process involved etching a design replicated from a travel book onto a copper plate.'
  7. 'My fingers lingered on the smooth leaves etched into the metal as I turned to Adam with a questioning look in my eyes.'
  8. 'Much controversy still remains regarding the techniques used, but all processes began with etching and/or engraving the desired design on a copperplate.'
(of an acid or other solvent) corrode or eat away the surface of (something)
  1. 'tiny droplets in the glaze emulsion were etched away by acid'
  2. 'The cream etches the glass within a few seconds.'
  3. 'It was hard to tell without removing the wax, but Alex thought that the acid had done its job of etching the blade.'
  4. 'Hydrofluoric acid is the only solvent you'll find to etch glass.'
  5. 'Marble is much softer than granite and is highly porous, so it's easily etched by acids.'
  6. 'The tooth surface is then etched with a gel-like acid to prepare it for an adhesive used to secure the resin composite to the tooth.'
  7. 'ballistic electron emission microscopy is used to etch templates for even smaller circuits'
  8. 'Chip production involves some pretty noxious substances, such as the decidedly nasty hydrofluoric acid used to etch the silicon wafers.'
  9. 'Until Ishikawa, no one had tried to etch a semiconductor's tiny circuitry onto a curved surface, much less onto a sphere.'
  10. 'By shrinking the size of the transistors and other features etched into the silicon, more of the tiny devices can be squeezed onto a single chip.'
Cut or carve (a text or design) on a surface.
  1. 'Miller was the first photojournalist to witness these scenes, and the images she captured are indelibly etched on the public consciousness.'
  2. 'The poem will be etched in the memorial stone - a tangible acknowledgement of the loss of life and accompanying grief, says Appleton.'
  3. 'It was an impressive place, to be sure; the ceiling was high above the floor and intricate designs were etched into the stone and wood.'
  4. '‘Her nickname was Malva, and that is what is etched onto the glass,’ said Arnot.'
  5. 'On either side of him were tall columns of black stone upon which were etched stories of evil gods and battles from long ago.'
  6. 'The Torah was etched into stone and brought down a mountain.'
  7. 'Etched inside the shank and barely visible is the jeweller's mark, a delicate snowflake.'
  8. 'Guernica is etched in my consciousness as the image of defencelessness, trampled innocence, Franco's savagery.'
  9. 'And it's like other dates that you know are going to be etched in our memory forever.'
  10. 'The major turned the buckle in his fingers and frowned at the jagged characters etched into the metal.'
  11. 'a Pictish stone etched with mysterious designs'
  12. 'Standing at the centre of the memorial are six large basalt obelisks etched with the names of all the countries where Australians have been held prisoner of war.'
  13. 'They also vandalized three fast-food restaurants by etching the glass.'
  14. 'Its surface was etched with carvings and hieroglyphics, dating back to the dawn of the world itself.'
  15. 'The Old Man of Storr is etched against a cloudy sky.'
  16. 'In one vast flash of light, equal to 100 suns, the buildings are etched against a sky of fire.'
  17. 'What they achieved during this summer will be forever etched in the history of the club.'
  18. 'Many memories were lost or left behind that day, but some are indelibly etched on the minds of the islanders forever.'
  19. 'But, for the staff and patients who had the chance of a lifetime to speak to Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, it was a moment that will be etched on their memories forever.'
  20. 'I still remember the hurt that was etched on his face as he tried to come to terms with the defeat and more particularly, the manner of that defeat.'
  21. 'His eyes stare dully from a pinched little face etched with pain and suffering.'
  22. 'One sobering statistic that will be forever etched in my mind is that over 3,000 children lost a mother or father on that fateful day.'
  23. 'Joy was etched on their young faces as they danced to the music, passed the parcel and ate prettily-decorated cakes.'
  24. 'The trials and tribulations that the college faced and the tortuous path it traversed are deeply etched in the memories of those who are associated with it.'
  25. 'It was a wonderful game that will forever be etched in the memory.'


The action or process of etching something.
  1. count noun 'acetic acid gives a more selective etch'
  2. 'The chips are encoded by generating nanometer-thick layers of porous films on the wafers using a special electrochemical etch.'
  3. 'Jim continued to run his fingers over the artifact, exploring each etch and nick.'
  4. 'These solutions are available from several manufacturers in different strengths to achieve the required depth of etch and a finish that meets the original specification.'

More definitions

1. to cut, bite, or corrode with an acid or the like; engrave with an acid or the like, as to form a design in furrows that when charged with ink will give an impression on paper.

2. to produce (a design, image, etc.) by this method, as on copper or glass.

3. to outline clearly or sharply; delineate, as a person's features or character.

4. to fix permanently in or implant firmly on the mind; root in the memory: Our last conversation is etched in my memory.

5. Geol

More examples(as adjective)

"images can be etched in memories."

"sequences can be etched in memories."

"patterns can be etched into fabrics."

"journeys can be etched in memories."

"instincts can be etched into fabrics."

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(etch)Mid 17th century: from Dutch etsen, from German ätzen, from a base meaning ‘cause to eat’; related to eat.