from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.
- n. The art or process of carving a design in this manner.
- n. A gemstone carved in intaglio.
- n. Printing done with a plate bearing an image in intaglio.
- n. A die incised so as to produce a design in relief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A design or piece of art which is engraved or etched into something.
- n. Any printing method in which the ink is laid upon the sunken parts of the printing form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cutting or engraving; a figure cut into something, as a gem, so as to make a design depressed below the surface of the material; hence, anything so carved or impressed, as a gem, matrix, etc.; -- opposed to
cameo. Also used adjectively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Incised engraving as opposed to carving in relief; ornamentation by lines, patterns, figures, etc., sunk or hollowed below the surface.
- n. Hence A figure or work so produced; an incised representation or design.
- To incise; engrave with a sunk pattern or design.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)
- n. a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print
Italian, from intagliare, to engrave : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + tagliare, to cut (from Vulgar Latin *talliāre, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian from intagliare. (Wiktionary)