Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • “The real strength of the Sabin organization,” said Time, “lies in the desire of the small-town matron to ally herself, no matter how remotely, with a congregation of bona fide, rotogravure society figures.”

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  • The magazine's oversize format, barrage of type and pictures and thin paper with rich rotogravure color look both stylish and cheesy.

    The 'Talk' Of The Town

  • But there is something about the original FM, with its rich-smelling rotogravure paper and magnificent Basil Gogos cover art, something potent enough to overwhelm the lesser memory of its majority output and the sour feelings associated with buying issue after issue larded with reprints to keep one's collection intact.

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  • /On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,/And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.

    Dr. Leo Rangell: Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border; Part 2

  • Newspaper rotogravure ushered in the photojournalism age in the 1890s; movies soon followed; and finally television, and typographic language shriveled before each new wave.

    Mark Twain

  • I knew now why her face was familiar — its pleasing contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at Asheville and Hot Springs and Palm

    The Great Gatsby

  • On this minor his dream faded — work to do: he tried to imagine himself in Congress rooting around in the litter of that incredible pigsty with the narrow and porcine brows he saw pictured sometimes in the rotogravure sections of the Sunday newspapers, those glorified proletarians babbling blandly to the nation the ideas of high school seniors!

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • The Sunday Times, scattered about his feet, proclaimed by rotogravure and editorial, by social revelation and sporting sheet, that the world had been tremendously engrossed during the past week in the business of moving toward some splendid if somewhat indeterminate goal.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • They were a well-known couple, Fitzgerald and his "barbarian princess from the South," creating a rotogravure legend which still exists, wavering, in our cultural memory, decorated with anachronistic stills of Astaire and Rogers dancing against a montage of top hats and champagne bottles.

    Fitzgerald's 'Radiant World'

  • • Lay an inlaid rather than a rotogravure vinyl floor.

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