Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A copper printing plate engraved or etched to form a recessed pattern of the matter to be printed.
  • n. A print or engraving made by using such a plate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A copper plate, either etched or engraved, to make a recessed pattern.
  • n. A print made from such a plate.
  • n. A style of handwriting based on that used on such prints; English round hand.
  • v. To engrave on and print from a copperplate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plate of polished copper on which a design or writing is engraved.
  • n. An impression on paper taken from such a plate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made in sunken lines by engraving or etching.
  • n. A print or an impression from such a plate.
  • Engraved or etched on copper, or printed from a copperplate: as, a copperplate engraving.
  • To engrave or etch on a plate of copper for the production of a printing surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
  • n. an engraving consisting of a smooth plate of copper that has been etched or engraved
  • n. a print made from an engraved copperplate

Etymologies

copper+plate, also spelled copper-plate or copper plate. For the plate used for engraving itself in the 1660s. As a term for the printed product from 1817. Of the especially clear writing used in such prints from the 1820s. Use as a verb (the past participle copperplated) is from 1822. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With this style, the text is etched onto a copperplate, which is pressed into the invitation - creating a raised effect.

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  • On the present occasion he took pains to make it even more careful than usual, and the result was that it looked not unlike the "copperplate" handwriting a girl would learn at the convent, though an expert would probably have declared it disguised.

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  • More formal historic scripts, such as copperplate or Spencerian, use ­either a square nib or quill, or a point.

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  • Despite many hours first of tracing, then of copying copperplate examples, my handwriting never became other than serviceable at best.

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  • But it is still elegant and compleat, and Mama found room to underline or make comments in her copperplate handwriting, using peacock-blue fountain pen ink in delicate lines.

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  • Underneath that, I wrote “In pleaant Dreams” in what was supposed to be copperplate but ended up looking like bad cursive.

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  • It includes a bandanna, sold as a souvenir, with the design of the first engraved map of Washington and an 1810 copperplate that was used to print money for the Bank of Columbia in Georgetown.

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  • Printed, in a fine copperplate script were the words ‘Best Supporting Actors’, and then underneath that, there was an address, a URL, and an e-mail address.

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  • A neat copperplate note records: "Her Majesty having been graciously pleased to extend her grace and mercy unto said Elizabeth Ann Staunton and to grant her a pardon … on condition of her being kept in penal servitude for the term of her natural life."

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  • She examined the work—the lush, hand-printed colors, the beautiful copperplate script.

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  • An illustration made by using inscribed sheets of copper; the copper sheets are inked and paper is rolled over them to produce the image.

    February 21, 2007