• WordNet 3.6
    • n copperplate an engraving consisting of a smooth plate of copper that has been etched or engraved
    • n copperplate a print made from an engraved copperplate
    • n copperplate a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Copperplate kŏp"pẽr*plāt` A plate of polished copper on which a design or writing is engraved.☞ In printing from a copper- or steel plate the lines are filled with ink, the surface of the plate is wiped clean, the paper laid upon it, and the impression taken by pressing it under the roller of a plate press.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n copperplate A plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made in sunken lines by engraving or etching. From this plate, when charged with suitable ink, impressions of the design may be produced on paper or vellum by pressure. See engraving.
    • n copperplate A print or an impression from such a plate.
    • copperplate Engraved or etched on copper, or printed from a copperplate: as, a copperplate engraving.
    • copperplate To engrave or etch on a plate of copper for the production of a printing surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Copperplate a plate of polished copper on which something has been engraved: an impression taken from the plate
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. cuper—L. cuprum, a contr. of cyprium aes, 'Cyprian brass,' because found in Cyprus.


In literature:

A Copy of Addy's Copperplate Shorthand Bible, London, 1687, would be given in exchange.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
The very copperplate was noisy.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
This bore a far western postmark, and its neat little pages resembled copperplate.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
Woodcuts and copperplates, 8vo.
"Eureka:" by Edgar A. Poe
Probably nothing illustrates so well his power of minute observation as some of his copperplates.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
III., (958 pages, with 12 copperplates), which closes this work.
"The Progress of Ethnology" by John Russell Bartlett
For his Missals and Breviaries as for his Horae Plantin sometimes used woodcuts, sometimes copperplates.
"Fine Books" by Alfred W. Pollard
I also found a little copperplate, to which I shall in due time return.
"The Campaner Thal and Other Writings" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
With Portrait and Stothard's beautiful Copperplates, Cr.
"The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies" by Walter Besant
Bouverot engraved the giant in historical copperplate.
"Titan: A Romance" by Jean Paul

In poetry:

I was sitting with my microscope, upon my parlor rug,
With a very heavy quarto and a very lively bug;
The true bug had been organized with only two antennae,
But the humbug in the copperplate would have them twice as many.
"Nux Postcoenatica" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
ETERNITY, it lades like morning dew,
Like morning dew and he is lost in it;
Yet one can say, as one can say of few,
It was the greatest of all words he wrote
And if it hardly changed this wicked city
God rest his soul, his copperplate was pretty.
"Arthur Stace" by Douglas Alexander Stewart

In news:

Many residents of Copperplate City are fond of local superhero Captain Stupen-dous, but 12-year-old Vincent Wu and his best friends Max and George are diehard fans.