from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut into the surface of (glass, for example) by the action of acid.
- transitive v. To make or create by this method: etch a design on glass.
- transitive v. To impress, delineate, or imprint clearly: a landscape that is forever etched in my memory; trees that were etched against the winter sky.
- intransitive v. To engage in etching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cut into a surface with an acid or other corrosive substance in order to make a pattern. Best known as a technique for creating printing plates, but also used for decoration on metal, and, in modern industry, to make circuit boards.
- v. To engrave a surface.
- v. To make a lasting impression.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variant of eddish.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as a plate of metal.
- transitive v. To sketch; to delineate.
- intransitive v. To practice etching; to make etchings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut or bite with an acid or mordant; specifically, to engrave by the use of a mordant: as, to etch a design on a copperplate: applied in the fine arts either to a design or to the plate upon which it is made. See etching.
- To sketch; delineate.
- To practise etching.
- n. A contracted form of eddish.
- A dialectal or obsolete variant of eke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible
- v. make an etching of
- v. carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
- v. carve or cut a design or letters into
- v. selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of electrons
Dutch etsen, from German ätzen, from Middle High German etzen, from Old High German ezzen, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Germanic, cognate with Dutch ets. (Wiktionary)