• WordNet 3.6
    • v etch selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of electrons
    • v etch carve or cut a design or letters into "engrave the pen with the owner's name"
    • v etch carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block "engrave a letter"
    • v etch make an etching of "He etched her image into the surface"
    • v etch cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible "a face etched with pain","the leafless branches etched against the sky"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • n Etch A variant of Eddish.
    • v. i Etch To practice etching; to make etchings.
    • Etch To produce, as figures or designs, on mental, glass, or the like, by means of lines or strokes eaten in or corroded by means of some strong acid.
    • Etch To sketch; to delineate. "There are many empty terms to be found in some learned writes, to which they had recourse to etch out their system."
    • Etch To subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as a plate of metal. "I was etching a plate at the beginning of 1875."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • etch To cut or bite with an acid or mordant; specifically, to engrave by the use of a mordant: as, to etch a design on a copperplate: applied in the fine arts either to a design or to the plate upon which it is made. See etching.
    • etch To sketch; delineate.
    • etch To practise etching.
    • n etch A contracted form of eddish.
    • etch A dialectal or obsolete variant of eke.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Etch ech to make designs on metal, glass, &c. by eating out the lines with an acid
    • ***


  • Ralph B. Perry
    Ralph B. Perry
    “Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.”
  • Jo Coudert
    Jo Coudert
    “The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it is etched.”


Etched in stone - Something, especially rules and customs, that cannot be changed at all is said to be etched in stone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. etsen, G. ätzen, to feed, corrode, etch. MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen, to eat, G. essen, . See Eat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Ger. ätzen, to corrode by acid; from same root as Ger. essen. See Eat.


In literature:

With etched frontispieces by Abot and an etched portrait of Titian.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
With 27 Etchings and 165 Woodcuts.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
It was rich with capital pencil sketches and even with etchings.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
I had etched a very little myself and was free of the fraternity.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
His name spelled Romance to me, and my fancy etched him in his lonely exile.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It etched from the night distant fences and trees.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
There were a few etchings, which had evidently been chosen with the skill of a connoisseur.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
They brought the same charge against me because I translated the etchings of Corot into accurate English.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Against its blue pallor the street and its buildings etched themselves.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Take the w'etch away!
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

Gaunt, grim trees stand,
Etched on space,
Like a mirrored woodland
On a purple vase.
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Then as he lay full length and read,
The firelight flickered on his face,
And etched his shadow on the gloom,
And made a picture in the room,
In that most humble place.
"Lincoln" by Nancy Byrd Turner
As Abraham saw dawn, remote and chill,
Etching old Ur along the lonely north,
And bowed himself to his loved earth, and rent
His garments, cried he could not go ... and went.
"Men Go Out From The Places Where They Dwelled" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Yet, though so near, my feet have never pressed
Your silvered ramparts, etched along the sky:
Untrodden crystal crowns each spotless crest;
On virgin snows the sunset colors die.
"To Meran's Northern Mountains" by John Lawson Stoddard
An empty bench, a sky of grayest etching,
A bare, bleak shed in blackest silhouette,
Twelve years of platform, and before them stretching
Twelve miles of prairie glimmering through the wet.
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
The frail mosaic on her window
Facing starkly toward the street
Is scribbled there by tipsy sparrows—
Etched there with their rocking feet.
Is fashioned too, by every beat
Of shirt and sheet.
"Seen From The "L"" by Djuna Barnes

In news:

Birth and death dates, prayers and pictures are often etched in stone as a lasting tribute to the departed's life.
The etching was anonymously donated to Goodwill in Federal Way, Washington.
Someone dropped off an etching at a Goodwill store in Tacoma, Wash.
But it's a Salvador Dali etching, signed by the master surrealist.
Muzeo presents three 'Spanish Masters' most, dalí , caprichos, goya, spanish, etchings, masters, picasso, muzeo, gallery.
AP Family members at the names etched at the south reflecting pool during 10th anniversary ceremonies at the Sept 11 memorial.
He also shook the Etch-A-Sketch and redrew a Mitt Romney much more moderate than the one we watched throughout the primary campaign.
Heres a pic of some photo-etch I need made for a build.
'Any Day' is beautifully etched drama .
The Groupon logo etched in glass in the lobby of the online coupon company's Chicago offices.
Romney's Economic Advisers Cost Him the Election, and It's Time to Etch-a-Sketch Erase Them.
The now-infamous "Etch a Sketch" remark by Mitt Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom is still topping Google trends more than 24 hours after it occurred.
Romney Aide's Etch A Sketch Gaffe Won't Be Easily Erased .
NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Etch -a-Sketch became the media's favorite metaphor for Mitt Romney's ideological flexibility.
You might not be an Etch A Sketch artist growing up, but chances are you owned the popular toy.

In science:

GU E S S is an exploratory data analysis and visualization tool for graphs and networks , as a part of F ETCH.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Chemical etching of the support pins, and removal of the counter-mask.
Development status of a Laue lens project for gamma-ray astronomy
The plano-concave resonator is formed between an isotropically etched hemisphere on the surface of a silicon chip and the plane end of single-mode fibre.
Progress in atom chips and the integration of optical microcavities
In the last 10 years, silicon etching and coating techniques native to the semi-conductor industry have yielded linear traps with r0 < 50 µm, complex arrangements of segmented electrodes, and multiple independently operating trapping zones [180, 275].
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The fabrication is accomplished using an assortment of lithography, deposition, and etching technologies.
Antenna-coupled TES bolometer arrays for CMB polarimetry