Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Printed material, such as a newspaper section, produced by this process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A printing process by which the paper is rolled through intaglio cylinders.
  • noun A print made by such a method.
  • noun A portion of a printed work produced by this method.

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

  • noun printing by transferring an image from a photogravure plate to a cylinder in a rotary press
  • noun using photography to produce a plate for printing
  • noun printed material (text and pictures) produced by an intaglio printing process in a rotary press

Etymologies

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

[Latin rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots + gravure.]

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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.

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.”

    LAST CALL

  • “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.”

    LAST CALL

  • 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.

    You Axed For It!

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-02-24

  • /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

  • /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

  • 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

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