from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An intaglio printing process in which letters and pictures are transferred from an etched copper cylinder to a web of paper, plastic, or similar material in a rotary press.
- n. Printed material, such as a newspaper section, produced by this process.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A printing process by which the paper is rolled through intaglio cylinders.
- n. A print made by such a method.
- n. A portion of a printed work produced by this method.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. printing by transferring an image from a photogravure plate to a cylinder in a rotary press
- n. using photography to produce a plate for printing
- n. printed material (text and pictures) produced by an intaglio printing process in a rotary press
Latin rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots + gravure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Rotogravur, derived from the Berlin printing firm Rotogravur Deutsche Tiefdruck Gesellschaft, the name of which is conjectured to be a portmanteau of Rotophot and Deutshe Photogravur. (Wiktionary)